With pitchers and catchers just days from officially reporting to Goodyear, Arizona for the start of spring training, the Indians are reportedly interested in signing outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
I get that the team would like more right-handed power, but Viciedo is not someone I find appealing. During his five-year career Viciedo has a wRC+ of 95, a little below average. Factor in his below average base running and his terrible defense, and he's been a replacement-level player over the course of his 483 games. He'd theoretically be brought in to platoon, but during the last two seasons he's hit even worse against lefties than against righties. Hell, at least Ryan Raburn had one good season during the last two years.
The Indians are overcrowded in the outfield as it is, and if Terry Francona is going to have the 8-man bullpen he used for most of 2014, someone is already getting squeezed off the bench (backup catcher Roberto Perez, utility infielder Mike Aviles, and whichever of David Murphy and Nick Swisher is not starting are practically locks, so if everyone is healthy come Opening Day, there wouldn't be a spot for Vicideo even if he were a better option than Raburn and all the prospects who could fill in at some point during 2015.
Pass on Viciedo.