Walt Jocketty: “I don’t know if we have a fit” for Dayan Viciedo

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On Friday, we learned that the Reds were showing interest in free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who was recently released by the White Sox. After some consideration, Reds GM Walt Jocketty came away unsure if there was a role for Viciedo on the club, as the slugger wants more playing time than the Reds would be able to afford him.

Via MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon:

“We talked to his representative but I don’t know if we have a fit for him,” Jocketty said. “They’re looking for more playing time. With our outfield the way it is, I don’t see it as a good fit.”

The Reds currently have the left-handed-hitting Jay Bruce in right field and switch-hitting Billy Hamilton in center, along with the right-handed Marlon Byrd in left field. If Viciedo were to platoon, it would have to be with Hamilton or Bruce, both coming off of mediocre offensive showings in 2014. Viciedo, 25, has a significant platoon split, owning an .837 career OPS against lefties compared to .679 against right-handers.

Last season with the White Sox, Viciedo swatted 21 home runs in 563 plate appearances, but batted only .231 with a .281 on-base percentage.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.