Dayan Viciedo eats your trade rumors for breakfast.
The White Sox outfielder had one of his best games of the season only a few hours after his name was circulated in trade banter yet again, this time in a possible deal with the Seattle Mariners. Facing those Mariners, Viciedo went 4-for-4 with a solo home run to left in a 7-1 White Sox victory at U.S. Cellular Field. Just for good measure, Viciedo picked up an outfield assist in the second inning.
Rumors — especially those involving the Mariners — are nothing new for Viciedo, who has essentially been on the block since the White Sox acquired Adam Eaton last December.
“I don't really worry about that,” Viciedo said through a team translator. “That's something I don't control. I just worry about coming in and playing the game hard every day.”
After the acquisition of Eaton from Arizona, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he was open to discussing trades for Viciedo or Alejandro De Aza as the club possessed four everyday outfielders.
Viciedo’s name surfaced in trades over the winter and throughout the spring, including a possible deal with Seattle that never materialized. But no deal has been sufficient enough for the White Sox.
On Friday, an ESPN Boston report surfaced that the left-handed hitting heavy Mariners — who had only three righties to start against Chris Sale — once again are interested in Viciedo. The report said Seattle had discussed sending right-handed reliever Brandon Maurer to the White Sox in exchange for Viciedo, who is 9-for-27 with four homers over his last seven games.
“I have no real concern with trade rumors or any of that stuff,” Viciedo said. “I have no control over that.”