Teams that have talked to the Royals say they have called on just about every right-handed hitter who might be available. But they’re mostly focused on right fielders…
Viciedo is a 25-year old Cuban in his fifth season with the White Sox. His on base skills are not impressive (he would make the perfect Royal) with a career slash of .256/.301/.423/.724. He has 57 career home runs in 1627 plate appearances.
His slash line is worse across the board in 2014 – .233/.283/.395/.678. He has 12 home runs but only 36 RBI in 392 plate appearances.
To top things off, he isn’t a strong defender, either. According to Fangraphs.com, Viciedo has an Ultimate Zone Rating of -5.4 in right field this season. He also has a -12 UZR for his career as an outfielder. This makes him a below average fielder, at best.
The White Sox would have to be convinced to trade within division. They will want a premium from the Royals, one Kansas City shouldn’t be willing to pay for this player.
Dayan Viciedo is only owed about $1 million this season, and is arbitration eligible next season. He will not be a free agent until 2018.
The problem is that this seems like desperation. Yes, the Royals need right-handed help in right field, but Viciedo only has one season over 14 home runs – 2012, his first as a full-time player. He strikes out a lot, and walks very little. He is the type of player the Royals evidently love.
Dayton Moore should pass on Dayan Viciedo, unless there are no other options, and the price is just right. His power potential and salary might be enticing, but his lack of plate discipline should be a big red flag.
Stay tuned for more trade rumors as the MLB Trade Deadline approaches.