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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.