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White Sox, Dayan Viciedo avoid arbitration

Jan 13, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

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Dayan Viciedo and the White Sox have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Viciedo had a disappointing second full season, hitting .265 with 14 homers and a .731 OPS that put him well below average for corner outfielders, especially when combined with poor defense.

He’s still just 25 years old, but Viciedo has shown no ability to control the strike zone and cancels out most of the value his power provides by making so many outs. With another raise likely due for 2015, this could be a make-or-break year for him in Chicago.

  1. chesschum - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    You nailed it, Aaron. We Southside fans used to be excited about Viciedo, but we’ve been waiting a long time for him to get any better than he was in 2009-10. One more year, and that’s it.

  2. edelmanfanclub - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    2012: .255/.300/.444/.744 98+ OPS
    2013: .265/.304/.426/.730 94+ OPS

    You know what you’re getting from this guy. 2012 was the same as 2013. He isn’t a very good fielder, so his only asset (like you said) is his power (which was the key drop in 2013). 3 million is cheap for someone of his caliber these days though.

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