Blue Jays, Athletics talking to Dayan Viciedo

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Blue Jays and Athletics are among the various teams talking to free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo.

Viciedo was designated for assignment by the White Sox in late January and ultimately released in early February. Since then, the Reds and Indians showed interest but each moved on. The Blue Jays recently lost outfielder Michael Saunders for five or six weeks after he tore his meniscus, so they are understandably looking to add some depth.

Viciedo, 25, will certainly provide some power from the right side as he has bashed 60 home runs and knocked in 192 runs over the last three seasons. However, that’s about the extent of his production as he doesn’t hit for average, has no speed, and is subpar defensively.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.