Sep 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter (24) hits an RBI triple in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Mariners are once again showing interest in Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo, reports Bob Dutton of The News Tribune.
The Mariners have been on a mission to find an outfielder with power since they traded Michael Saunders away earlier this year to Toronto. So far the team has come up short in talk on just about every notable outfielder that’s currently available. It has been said that they have dropped out of the race for Matt Kemp and that talks for Melky Cabrera have suddenly halted.
So what could the next step for the rainy coast be? Taking Dayan Viciedo off the hands of the Sox would sure be nice. Last July it was said that the Mariners had interest in Viciedo and were thought to make a trade for him by the deadline. Obviously that never happened but here we are now with the opportunity to possibly get something more than a bag of balls for the 25-year-old.
Viciedo hit 21 home runs last season while batting .231 with 58 RBI’s. He may have a good amount of power at the plate but he is extremely weak in the field defensively.
The Mariners may think they can improve his play both offensively and defensively but from what has been said of Viciedo in Chicago, he is stubborn and doesn’t necessarily want to listen to everything his coaches say. He’s projected to make $4.4MM through the arbitration process next year, and has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining after that.
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If the Sox do move Viciedo it would leave an opportunity to bring in a decent left fielder who knows how to play the position and isn’t as stubborn. Regardless of what happens with the tank, the Sox are just getting started and have some more moves they want to make before this week ends. Keep it here for the latest take on the Sox moves this offseason.