The Mariners Are Still Interested In Dayan Viciedo


Before the season started there were rumors that the Mariners were interested in Dayan Viciedo, and while those rumors never developed into anything aside from preliminary discussions, that interest has not died.

I guess Seattle kept watching Viciedo through April and then stopped on May 1.

ESPNBoston’s Gordon Edes wrote about how Viciedo could be a player that the Red Sox look at as a trade possibility this month, but that was all speculation for the most part. The real news came at the end of his story.

Other teams have already approached the White Sox about him, including the contending Mariners and Giants, according to one major league source. The Mariners, the source said, would consider trading 23-year-old right-hander Brandon Maurer as part of a two-player package for him, so it’s reasonable to expect that the Red Sox would have to be willing to part with one of their young arms (Brandon Workman, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster) to acquire him.

I’m not exactly excited about the prospect of Brandon Maurer, but at the same time, I’m not sure what the Sox could get for Viciedo at this point that would be exciting. As I wrote before the season began, Viciedo is who he is, and who he is isn’t the kind of player that’s going to bring back a big return.

I’m guessing the second player in a trade with Seattle would be some fringe prospect.

The good thing about Maurer is he is something the White Sox could use right now: a right-handed starter that isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2017 and is under team control until 2020. The problem is his career numbers in the Majors aren’t much different than those of Hector Noesi or Andre Rienzo.

Maurer has pitched 127.1 MLB innings, and in that time he’s managed to put up an ERA of 6.36 with a K/9 of 6.6 and a BB/9 of 3.0. This season those numbers are even worse, as he’s 1-4 with a 6.51 ERA and a K/9 of 5.8 and BB/9 of 3.6. In his seven starts this year he has a 7.52 ERA and a WHIP of 1.763.

So, you know, it hasn’t been pretty, but neither has Viciedo.

Since Dayan got off to a torrid start in April (hitting .348/.410/.938 with 1 HR and 11 doubles) he’s been putrid. Since the calendar flipped to May he’s hitting .197/.243/.352, and then there’s his defense. To be fair, he’s been forced to play out of position in right field most of the year thanks to the injury to Avisail Garcia, but it’s not like he was a Gold Glover in left before.

So if Viciedo is going to be traded it’ll be reclamation project for reclamation project, so Maurer makes sense as a return for both teams. The Sox could use a righty starter, and the Mariners could use a righty bat with power potential.

What I don’t get about the Edes story, though, is why San Francisco would be interested in Viciedo. You’ve seen Dayan play the outfield at US Cellular, now try to imagine him roaming the great plains of the AT&T Park outfield.

At least it would be good for some laughs?

As for the Red Sox, I’m not sure why a team that’s currently 38-47 (a worse record than the White Sox) and eight games behind Baltimore in the AL East — as well as eight games out of a wild card spot –would be looking to “buy” at the deadline this year, but they may see Viciedo as more of a long-term option since he is still only 25 and won’t reach free agency until 2018.

But it appears that, whoever the teams interested are, and whatever the reasons for their interest, there is a market for Dayan Viciedo. Frankly, as high as my hopes were for him after his 2012 season, I’d be happy if the White Sox trade him this month.

I’m just ready to move on, and I’m developing arthritis from keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll finally put it all together one day.

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