Blue Jays sign Viciedo to Minor League deal

Outfielder had been released by White Sox in February

Blue Jays sign Viciedo to Minor League deal

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays officially signed free agent Dayan Viciedo to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Sunday morning.

Viciedo will earn $2.5 million if he makes the roster out of camp, but there have been no guarantees about his role within the organization. The contract doesn't include an opt-out clause, however there's an understanding that Viciedo will be moved if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster.

The 25-year-old was released by the White Sox in February and Chicago still owes Viciedo approximately 30 days worth of termination pay on the $4.4 million he was owed in 2015.

"Any Minor League deal there's no downside to it, you'll always take chances on those," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "We'll take a look at him, see how he looks, we'll move him around a little bit. You just don't know from now until Opening Day what happens anyways, so any time you have a chance to bring in a player on a Minor League deal, it's really no-lose."

Viciedo spent the majority of his time last season in the outfield but he is generally regarded as a poor fielder. The Blue Jays know what to expect from him in left and right field but the club also would like to give him a look at the corner infield spots.

The native of Cuba came up through the White Sox system as a third baseman but hasn't played there since 2010. He made four appearances at first base last year and he'll likely compete with Justin Smoak and possibly outfielder Kevin Pillar for a spot on the active roster.

"There are a lot of ways it could go so until we lay eyes on him, there are no promises at all, it's just a free look pretty much," Anthopoulos said.

"I think the big thing is we want to see how he hits, see how he looks, his approach, things like that. [Michael] Saunders is going to be back sooner than later, so if there is a chance for him to be here long term, [we're] probably looking at that first base/DH scenario as probably the most wide open spot in terms of competition. [Viciedo] could end up on the bench, too."

In five years with Chicago, Viciedo hit .254/.298/.424 through 483 games. He batted a career-low .231 in 2014 with 21 home runs and 58 RBIs. Earlier in his career, Viciedo was known for hitting lefties at an above-average rate, but that hasn't been the case over the past two seasons. Viciedo had a .679 OPS vs. lefties last season and a .689 OPS against righties.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.