There’s been lots of speculation that the White Sox will trade Dayan Viciedo, but in the meantime they avoided arbitration with the corner outfielder by signing a one-year, $4.4 million deal.
Viciedo has failed to develop any semblance of plate discipline offensively and his defense has always been bad, so hitting .254 with a .424 slugging percentage simply isn’t enough to make him a quality regular. On the other hand he’s still just 26 years old and does have 25-homer power.
Chicago has Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia in the outfield corners with Jose Abreu at first base and Adam LaRoche at designated hitter, so unless the White Sox plan to pay $4.4 million for a part-timer Viciedo is destined to be elsewhere eventually.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.