The Kansas City Royals will be seeking out options for an offensive upgrade throughout this off-season, and right field is one of the positions mentioned in talks of improvement. Finding the right fit will be tough for KC, but could the Chicago White Sox have what the Royals need in Dayan Viciedo?
The White Sox were rumored to be dangling Viciedo last winter, and in April of this year he told the Chicago press that he would not pursue a long-term contract with them in the future. Viciedo is average at best defensively, but consistent power numbers would make Royals fans forgive that quickly. Viciedo hit 25 homers and 18 doubles with 78 RBI while hitting .265 in his breakout 2012 season, but his plate discipline is still far, far away from what it should be. Still, Viciedo, at just 24 years old, has only seen two seasons of consistent playing time, and his strikeouts/walk ratio has nowhere to go but up.
The Royals should entertain the possibility of bringing Viciedo to KC, but only for a fair price. The young White Sox outfielder may have a higher ceiling than other options in right field, but the difference between his current offensive production and that of Justin Maxwell or David Lough isn’t enough to warrant a huge deal.
The Royals should jump on a chance to get him cheap if the White Sox aren’t interested in holding onto him through arbitration, but spending anything more than $2 or $2.5 million for him would be a stretch. The Royals’ production from the corner outfield positions was far from embarrassing, and even though they need to upgrade offensively, this may not be the best way to do it.