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.