Dayan Viciedo opts out of contract, released by Blue Jays

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Dayan Viciedo has opted out of his minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, who agreed to release the 26-year-old corner outfielder.

Viciedo was previously released by the White Sox in February after agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million deal to avoid arbitration, as general manager Rick Hahn apparently had second thoughts once he realized the trade market wasn’t exactly bustling. Because it was a partially guaranteed deal, the White Sox were on the hook for “only” $733,000.

Viciedo latched on with the Blue Jays and agreed to a minor-league deal that would have paid $2.8 million if he made the Opening Day roster, but he struggled during spring training after hitting just .231 with a .686 OPS in 145 games for the White Sox last year.

He has 25-homer power, but Viciedo is terrible defensively and has no semblance of plate discipline. At this point he’d be best suited for a part-time role.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.