Even after signing Nelson Cruz for $57 million the Mariners are still looking for more right-handed power and Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that they’re “showing increased interest” in White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
Viciedo was first linked to the Mariners way back in March, but stayed in Chicago and ended up hitting just .231 with a .686 OPS in 145 games. He has plenty of power, smacking 21 homers this year and 20 homers per 150 games for his career, but Viciedo is a lifetime .254 hitter with a terrible 388/95 K/BB ratio and .298 on-base percentage. And at age 25 he’s also a really bad defensive outfielder.
Seattle may view Viciedo as a fallback option if they can’t sign free agent Melky Cabrera, but they’re very different players and Cabrera is superior offensively and defensively.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.