Jose Vidro, your 2009 designated hitter
Not to be a downer or anything, but the M’s are showing every sign that they’re content to let their wretched designated hitter’s 2009 option vest.
He’s playing in three quarters of the team’s games so far, and that includes a stretch where he was out with back spasms. Over 140 plate appearances. His option almost certainly vests at 400 or 450 plate appearances. Assuming that as a fragile guy he’ll miss that much proportional time, he’ll still easily clear either of those marks and be back for 2009 at a cost of about $9, $10m, maybe $12m.
Maybe the M’s can’t move Silva, or Washburn, or Sexson, or whatever. But if there’s one thing they can manage to easily do in this horrible season it would be to ensure their abysmal designated hitter doesn’t return for next year.