White Sox avoid arbitration with Dayan Viciedo

White Sox avoid arbitration with Dayan Viciedo
January 13, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The White Sox agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Dayan Viciedo on Monday, avoiding arbitration, the team announced.

Viciedo, who hit .265 last season with a .304 on-base percentage in 124 games, will earn $2.8 million.

The Cuban import is part of a crowded White Sox outfield following the acquisition of Adam Eaton, who is expected to replace Alejandro De Aza as the team's everyday center fielder. Whether Viciedo, who battled injury issues last season, will have the left-field job to himself or split time with De Aza remains to be seen.

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There is one aspect of his game that could give him the edge, however. Viciedo ranked third in the American League with 12 outfield assists last season. He has 25 since 2012, which is second-best in the AL.

Viciedo has hit 45 career home runs and collected 153 RBIs in 338 career games over the past four seasons on the South Side.

The White Sox still have two arbitration-eligible players remaining in De Aza and second baseman Gordon Beckham. MLB Trade Rumors predicts De Aza to earn $4.4 million Beckham to receive $3.5 million.