SAN DIEGO — The latest name on the Mariners’ radar could be an old trade target: Chicago White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
Sources say the Mariners are showing increased interest in Viciedo as an alternative to fill their quest to obtain a right-handed power hitter to play right field.
The possible turn toward Viciedo, 25, comes as negotiations with free-agent Melky Cabrera appear stalled.
The Mariners also seem unable to persuade the Los Angeles Dodgers to relent on an insistence that either right-hander Taijuan Walker or lefty James Paxton be included in a deal for outfielder Matt Kemp.
USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the White Sox are shopping Viciedo. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik later indicated a willingness to seek alternatives to higher-priced options.
“I think we have enough room right now where we can make a reasonable addition,” Zduriencik said. “The high-profile, upper-echelon dollars, we’re not going to be in that market. It’s just not going to happen.
“But I do think we have room to make a move that will help the club.”
Viciedo represents such an option after batting .231 last season with 21 homers and 58 RBIs in 145 games. He is eligible for arbitration after making $2.8 million in 2014 but would be under club control for three seasons.
The Mariners showed interest in Viciedo at times in the past, including last July prior to the trade deadline.