Since trading for Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia, the Chicago White Sox have a slightly overcrowded outfield, a situation that could be alleviated this season. According to reports from the Seattle area, the Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in trading for 25-year-old Cuban Dayan Viciedo. The White Sox originally signed Viciedo in December of 2008, after his defection from Cuba.
Viciedo currently tops the White Sox depth chart in left field, ahead of veteran Alejandro De Aza. Since making his MLB debut in 2010, Viciedo battled injuries and inconsistencies at the plate while bouncing back and forth between the White Sox, Triple A Charlotte and Double A Birmingham. He hit .255 with 25 home runs in 2012, his first full season in the majors, and owns a .264 career batting average. However, in 2012 Viciedo showed prowess against left-handed pitching, with a .350 batting average vs. southpaws compared to a .225 average against righties. There is little doubt that Viciedo provides exceptional punch from the right side at the plate; however, he is a below-average defensive player despite having a cannon for an arm.
After signing Robinson Cano to a blockbuster deal in the offseason, the Mariners seem to be in the market for more right-handed power. While it is clear that the White Sox are not specifically putting Viciedo out on the trading block, the right offer would be hard to resist especially given the team’s outfield depth in the farm system. Though the White Sox recently sent prospects Trayce Thompson and Jared Mitchell to Double A Birmingham to start 2014, both could easily work their way up the ranks this season. And, other reports indicate that the White Sox are listening to offers regarding De Aza as well. With about two weeks left before Opening Day, it’s entirely possible that the White Sox will make some sort of move.