Sox, Viciedo avoid arbitration with one-year pact
The White Sox and left fielder Dayan Viciedo agreed to terms Monday on a one-year, $2.8 million deal, avoiding arbitration.
Viciedo, who will turn 25 in March, hit .265/.304/.426 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs while making $2.5 million last season. The White Sox officially announced the deal Monday afternoon.
As a 23-year-old in 2012, Viciedo hit .255/.300/.444 with 25 homers and 78 RBIs in 147 games for the White Sox. He upped his average, slightly improved his on-base percentage and struck out less in 2013, but his power numbers took a hit in his age-24 campaign.
Viciedo ranked third among American League outfielders in 2013 with 12 assists, and he ranks second among AL outfielders since 2012 with 25 assists, behind only Kansas City's Alex Gordon.
Viciedo is under team control through the 2017 season, so he will be arbitration-eligible three more times before becoming a free agent. Had he filed for arbitration, he was projected to earn $2.8 million -- the exact value of his new contract -- this season, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.
The White Sox have two remaining arbitration-eligible players: infielder Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza.