Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to a minor league deal

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Dayan Viciedo. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that Viciedo will earn a $2.5 million salary if he makes the major league roster.

The Blue Jays were linked to Viciedo shortly after learning the severity of the injury to Michael Saunders. Though Saunders is expected to return in April as opposed to July as was initially believed, it was still imperative to add some outfield depth and they did so in the form of Viciedo.

Viciedo was released by the White Sox on February 4 as the Melky Cabrera signing earlier this offseason left him without a starting role. In 563 plate appearances last season, Viciedo hit 21 home runs and knocked in 58 runs but mustered only a .231 average and .281 on-base percentage.

Report: Padres interested in Maikel Franco

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The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.

Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.