MESA, Ariz. – The A’s have had dialogue with free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo, according to a report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Viciedo, who was released by the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 4, has hit 20-plus homers in two of the past three seasons, and he turns just 26 next month. He’s a .254 career hitter and is considered a subpar defender at the corner outfield spots, so the A’s reported interest surely would revolve around his potential to offer power from the right side of the plate.
Left field would seem his most likely destination were he to sign with Oakland. As things stand, the A’s would employ a platoon of Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry in left. Those two form a terrific duo defensively but Viciedo would provide a bigger offensive threat. The A’s also added Rule 5 draft pick Mark Canha over the winter, a right-handed hitter who currently appears slated to see time at first against lefties and perhaps in left field. Given his inexperience, the A’s seem to be seeking out avenues for insurance.
Rosenthal’s report also mentions the Toronto Blue Jays as another suitor for Viciedo. The Jays recently lost outfielder Michael Saunders for 5-6 weeks after he underwent knee surgery. The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds also have been linked to Viciedo.