White Sox, Dayan Viciedo avoid arbitration


Jun 28, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo connects for a single in the ninth inning in the White Sox 4-3 win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced Monday that Dayan Viciedo and the Chicago White Sox have avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal.

The deal is for $4.4 million for the 25-year-old Viciedo, who is nicknamed “Tank.”

Viciedo was the starting right fielder for the White Sox this past season, but since that time, the White Sox upgraded at the plate and in the field by signing Melky Cabrera to a four-year contract.

As for Tank, he finished with a .231 average, hitting 21 home runs and collecting 58 RBIs with 65 runs.

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In a press release by the White Sox, it says the following on Viciedo:

"“He is a career .254 (425-1,675) hitter with 66 home runs and 211 RBI in 483 games over five seasons in the major leagues, all with Chicago (2010-14). Viciedo has hit 20-plus homers three times in the last four seasons.”"

Looking at this deal, it might make Viciedo more tradable for the remainder of the offseason, with this deal now in place. If the White Sox can’t trade him, at least they’ll have a bench player for under $5 million I guess, so there is that.

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Viciedo lacks consistency in his overall game, and for that reason alone, it forced the White Sox to make a move this offseason to bring in a player the caliber of Cabrera to take over right field in ’15.

I’m not against keeping Viciedo, but he would only play in a reserve role, a role that would give another player a day off, or something to that extent. Again, I don’t think Viciedo will be on the Opening Day roster when the White Sox take the field in Kansas City, as he’ll still most likely be with another team in the majors by the time that game arrives.