Viciedo not a fit for Reds

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty downplayed a report that his club was pursuing free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who was released by the White Sox earlier this week.

“We talked to his representative but I don’t know if we have a fit for him,” Jocketty said on Saturday. “They’re looking for more playing time. With our outfield the way it is, I don’t see it as a good fit.”

Viciedo, 25, could have been a fit in other ways. He would still under club control for three more years and would be a right-handed power bat off the bench that hit 25 home runs in 2012. He hit 21 homers last season for Chicago but batted .231/.281/.405 in 145 games.

*Also — talks are continuing with the two remaining Reds arbitration players — 3B Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman.

“We’re going to keep working on it this weekend and see if we can make some progress,” Jocketty said. “Until it’s over, we don’t really know.”

— Mark Sheldon

3 Comments

Viciedo to Phillies makes some sense. He’s young and would be under club control. Phils are rebuilding and could take a flyer on him. He could platoon with Domonic Brown.

Or he could start in left field, because as of right now, their depth chart has Grady Sizemore as their everyday left fielder, and he’s pretty much done.

Viciedo had a .281 OBP! The Phils can find someone in the minors to do better than that. He’s not gold glove material in the OF either. His “power” only comes when the game is lost or out of hand. If the Phils are rebuilding they would be much better off trying a minor leaguer than trying Viciedo.

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