Jun 28, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo connects for a single in the ninth inning in the White Sox 4-3 win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds Trade Acquisition Candidate: Dayan Viciedo


As the second half of the 2014 Major League baseball season gets into full swing, and as teams try to make their buy-or-sell decisions before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, player movement rumors are swirling like leaves in a stiff World Series breeze.  Curiously, though, one player-team combination which makes sense on multiple levels has garnered very little attention: Chicago White Sox leftfielder Dayan Viciedo to the Cincinnati Reds.

Despite their up-and-down July so far, the Reds have to be considered buyers at this point, sitting as they do near the top of the National League wildcard standings.   To put themselves into position to reach the post-season, though, Cincinnati needs to shore up their offensive production, particularly at first base and in left field.   With the Sox buried deep in the AL Central and mired in the middle of the wildcard race, Viciedo should be imminently available.

Perhaps one reason this pairing has not grown legs among fans and the media is that Viciedo took a step back offensively last season and is considered by many to be shaky defensively.   At just 25 years of age, though, Viciedo still has a bit of time to beef up his game, and his ten homers are double Ryan Ludwick‘s total so far in 2014; the Reds’ leftfielder is a full 10 years older, to boot.   Serious doubts around Joey Votto’s status, both day-to-day and for the rest of the year, mean Viciedo’s ability to play third could also be a boon.   With Viciedo in the fold, Cincy manager Bryan Price would have the freedom to get creative with his lineup, maybe sliding Todd Frazier over to first, or even giving Viciedo a shot there.

Naturally, Chicago would command a decent hunk of value in exchange for Viciedo, and MLB Trade Rumors generally has them seeking pitching help or a power-hitting prospect in return.    The Reds’ system is suddenly flush with young pitching talent, though finding a suitable bat to trade from their minor league stock might be more challenging.  Depending on GM Walt Jocketty’s willingness to touch the upper-level prospects, Pensacola outfielder Jesse Winker might have the power potential to satisfy the ChiSox.

If the Reds were to acquire Viciedo and then fell out of contention, they might consider him an investment in the future.  As a Super 2, Viciedo will be eligible for arbitration this off-season but can’t reach free agency until 2018.  By then, he might have provided a nice bridge to another set of Reds prospects.

 

 

 

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  • Ron Fulton

    That would be a bad trade. Winker for him Kepp Winker his is the real deal. Why not give up Cingrani or some other pitcher as the Reds are deep in pitching. They are not deep in offensive bats.

    • http://riverfrontball.com/ Adam Hughes

      I suppose it would depend on what the White Sox need/want in return. This Reds rotation has a lightning-in-a-bottle quality that might make overreaching palatable; if they make the playoffs, they have the horses to win some series.

      • Ron Fulton

        What you have to remember is that in the playoffs you only use 3 pitchers and all of the teams have three. Having 5 like the Reds doesn’t help much. Need the offense, which they do not have. guys like Ludwick have to go.

        • http://riverfrontball.com/ Adam Hughes

          That’s really my point: the Reds have such solid pitching that they need to upgrade offensively now to take advantage of this strong staff, this season, even if that means giving up a prospect.

          • Ron Fulton

            After Jocketty gutted our minors two years ago, we don’y have much to offer. Everyone wants Winker and Stephenson who we should never give up. Look at Louisville, Votto gets hurt and we have no one to call up to replace him. That is sad. Look at last night when Holmberg was called up. You see how that worked out. Jocketty is really bad. How about last year when Ervin ( a college player) was drafted 1 and they send him to Dayton (a college player should go to AA or it is a wasted pick) and he is still in Dayton even though he is hitting over .300. This I do not understand.

  • Nick Kopke

    Viciedo has a lot of upside. A thumb injury and a oblique strain hurt tank lastyear. This kid regularly takes the ball to all fields. His weakness is when his swing gets long. When he is right, he can go on a terror. For example, his last 10 games .333 with 5 HR. I would hate tosee tank go but Kenny Williams seems very high on Avy Garcia who is out for the season currently but will return next season. As a Sox fan I would really want to see pitching at this point. especially in the bullpen. Otherwise I really do not wwnt to see him traded. Winker seems pretty solid but we will have to see him in AA and AAA first. Sox need pitching desperately!

    • Ron Fulton

      This AA and AAA are overrated. Look at Hamilton, Trout, Harper, etc, Doing better in the majors than in the minors. If you are a hitter, which Winker is, he would do fine as soon as he gets used to the pitching. He certainlt would be an upgrade over Ludwick.