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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.