Dayan Viciedo has been out of work since being released by the White Sox in February and the Blue Jays in March, but Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the 26-year-old outfielder has signed a minor-league deal with the A’s.
Viciedo has 25-homer power, but his plate discipline and defense are awful and his overall production has been mediocre at best with a .254 batting average and .722 OPS in 483 career games.
He has good career numbers versus left-handed pitching, so if Viciedo puts together a good stretch at Triple-A the A’s could find a role for him as a platoon player.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.