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.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.

Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.

As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.