Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor league deal

Dunedin, FL ( – The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran slugger
Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract on Sunday and will give him a chance
to make the team in spring training.

Viciedo was released by the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 4 after batting .231
last season with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 145 games, playing mostly in the

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Viciedo can play both corner positions in
the infield and outfield.

“He’s done it all at the big league level,” Gibbons told reporters. “So we’re
going to let him play and if he makes the team better maybe there’s a spot for
him. He’s got to play well. …

“He’s just got to go out and show us what he can do and see if he fits into
that puzzle and makes us stronger.”

Viciedo, 25, signed with the White Sox as an amateur free agent on Dec. 12,
2008, after defecting from Cuba. He hit .254 with 66 homers and 211 RBI over
483 games in five seasons with the club.