Vidro passes physical, trade official
From MLB.com. Now that the trade’s done, we should get some comment out of the front office about what they were thinking, which will be disappointing and inadequate.
“Jose is a professional hitter,” Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said. “We feel we can add him to our batting order anywhere from the second to the sixth spot and he will add production to our lineup. With the addition of Vidro and Jose Guillen (a free agent signed earlier this month) to our returning players, I think we are a much stronger offensive team.”
Snelling will be a better offensive player than Vidro next year. Pick your metric: OPS, VORP, EqA, whatever.
Word on the 2009 option:
Vidro, who waived a no-trade clause, had a 2009 vesting option added to his contract as part of the deal. If the option doesn’t become guaranteed, Vidro would receive a $500,000 payment.
Without knowing the details of the vesting option, it’s hard to say how bad that is.