The White Sox will trade outfielder Dayán Viciedo “for sure”, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY writes. With a starting outfield that includes Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, and newcomer Melky Cabrera, Viciedo no longer has a regular role for the team.
The Mariners, who lost the Cabrera bidding to the White Sox, could pursue Viciedo. It would be no consolation, as Viciedo has put up slightly below-average numbers over the past three seasons, batting an aggregate .250/.294/.425 with 60 home runs and 192 RBI in 1,579 plate appearances. Since the start of the 2012 season, only four outfielders (min. 1,000 PA) have been less valuable than Viciedo, according to FanGraphs.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.