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New Right Field Option Emerging

"What sort of contract teams will offer Dayan Viciedo is unclear, though there are a number of starting points. The contemporary to whom he is most often compared, San Francisco Giants prospect and Dominican product Angel Villalona, signed at 16 for $2.1 million two years ago. The last Cuban defector to score a big-league contract, Ramirez, also a Torres client, got a four-year, $4.75 million deal. And the richest went to Contreras, who received $32 million over four years.

One general manager speculated Viciedo’s contract will exceed Ramirez’s in total value and could approach eight figures, though one scout said it’s unlikely because it would be overpaying Viciedo during his pre-arbitration years.

“It’s not only the most money,” Torres said. “It’s the best opportunity. His preference is third base. Clubs want him for right field. And that option is open. If the contract is enticing enough, he’d play right field.” -- Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports

the Rays FO has always been intrigued by international talent and this has some possibilities.  So far the Rays are 1-for-2 in Japan (Aki has been a solid player--the bullpen arm who got hurt and never pitched for them...not so much).  But remember the Rays also put in a pretty high bid for Dice-K.  This guy is young (only 19), supposedly can hit (you never really know until they are tested by MLB pitching), fits a position of need (RF) and overall may not be that expensive...especially compared to the other options that are out there.  While I am skeptical, it is something worth looking into.

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