White Sox, Mariners have discussed Dayan Viciedo trade

6 Comments

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago has the inside word:

Although the White Sox are not shopping outfielder Dayan Viciedo, they are listening to other clubs about their interest in the Cuban power hitter. Several major league sources confirmed that the Sox and Mariners have had discussions on a deal that could center around Viciedo.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe mentioned in his Sunday notes column that the White Sox have also been shopping Alejandro De Aza, so it’s pretty clear they’re trying to move an outfielder before Opening Day.

Viciedo slugged 25 home runs in 2012 and 14 last season, but he owns a weak .306 career on-base percentage and doesn’t have much defensive range in the outfield. It’s hard to see how he helps Seattle.

Viciedo, 24, was arbitration-eligible for the the first time this winter as a Super Two qualifier.

Astros release Jon Singleton

Stacy Revere/Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.