Larry Stone: Bearer Of Light
Stone gets almost official confirmation of what I was told during the spring: Vidro’s option isn’t going to vest:
Speaking of which, for those who are concerned with Jose Vidro’s contract vesting for next year: according to a source with knowledge of Vidro’s contract, his 2009 option (for $6 million) kicks in at 625 plate appearances in 2008, or 1,150 plate appearances in 2007-08, of which 600 of those plate appearances are in 2008.
Vidro had exactly 625 plate appearances last year (leaving him 525 short of 1,150), which means he needs 600 plate appearances this year for his 2009 option to vest (and if it doesn’t, the Mariners can buy him out for $500,000). Vidro has 159 plate appearances so far this year, on pace for 477, well short of 600, especially with Clement getting DH at-bats.
I was told point blank in March that it would take some kind of miracle for that option to vest, and Stone puts the numbers to the speculation. Turbo’s unlikely to last on the roster all season, and there’s basically no chance he’s back next year.