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.
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.