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.

Twins reach historic home run total during 11-4 rout of White Sox

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The Twins trampled the White Sox on Friday night, cruising to a cool 11-4 lead over their division rivals and collecting their sixth double-digit win of 2019. Even more impressive, they picked up their 99th, 100th, and 101st home runs, a feat that’s rarely been matched in a team’s first 50 games of any given season.

The first homer of the night was delivered by Eddie Rosario in the third inning. Working against a single-run deficit, Rosario lifted an 0-1 fastball from the White Sox’ Reynaldo López, planting it firmly in the left field stands and evening the score, 4-4. Two batters later, Rosario’s solo home run got a sequel: a 398-footer from Miguel Sanó, this one postmarked for the upper deck in left.

In the fourth, now leading 5-4, the Twins saw a third and final homer from the bat of Max Kepler, whose center-field blast traveled a projected 397 feet to give the club a two-run advantage. Per MLB Stats, the Twins’ record — 101 homers in 50 games — stands second only to that of the 1999 Mariners, who managed to club 102 home runs before their 51st game of the season.

While the record has undoubtedly been a team effort, Rosario leads the pack with a team-best 15 homers so far this year, closely followed by C.J. Cron (13), Max Kepler (11), and Jonathan Schoop (10). Sanó, whose solo shot marked the team’s 100th home run of 2019, has just five, though there’s little doubt he’ll reach double digits before the end of the season.

According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, the Twins also made it to an even 300 runs scored in 2019, for a satisfying average of six runs per game and a new franchise record (previous high mark: 273 runs scored in 1992). With the win, they improved to 34-16 on the year and continue to hold a comfortable eight-game lead in the AL Central.