Jul 5, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo (24) is safe at second base with a double during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at U.S Cellular Field. Seattle won 3-2 in 14 innings. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
One trade the Chicago White Sox could be making soon is departing with outfielder Dayan Viciedo, as there might be a couple potential trade opportunities for him.
The stats for Viciedo in 2014 aren’t that great, so the White Sox will probably gain just one, maybe two prospects, for the outfielder who has played in 100 games this season.
Viciedo is batting .237 this season with a .286 on-base percentage and .397 slugging percentage. In the 100 games he has played in (375 at-bats) he’s scored 47 runs and collected 89 hits, with 12 of those hits being home runs.
Also in ’14 Viciedo has 37 RBIs and 24 walks. He’s struck out 86 times.
Now who could use an outfielder who does have experience at the MLB level, and has the potential to hit a home run?
One team I think could use the bat of Viciedo are the Cincinnati Reds. They could use Viciedo in either right or left field, and possibly use Jay Bruce at first base occasionally, so they can keep Todd Frazier at third.
Just a guess though.
In an ESPN Insider article on July 14, Jim Bowden in his GM’s Office page wrote about a potential trade of Viciedo to the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals or the Reds.
About a potential trade to the Reds, Bowden wrote:
"“A package of right-handed pitcher Jackson Stephens and third baseman Tanner Rahier could get the deal done … Viciedo has 20-homer power in Chicago, which could mean 25- to 28-homer power at Great American Ball Park.”"
I wouldn’t have a problem at all with the idea Bowden has for a Viciedo-to-Cincinnati trade. It would eventually help both teams, and it would be good to see the White Sox bring up an outfield prospect from the minors to see where they stand for the future.