Vidro will vest if he’s not stopped
w/r/t Dave’s previous post (“Larry Stone, Bringer of Light“), I did some math.
He got 625 last year, leaving 525 for this year. He has 159 already, leaving 366. We’re 54 games in, leaving 108 chances for him to get playing time. Vidro has to pick up 3.4 PA/game remaining.
That’s not that hard: last year he averaged 4.25/game played. Though he’s moving up and down the lineup as McLaren goes ever more insane, that’s a reasonable number to use in our calculations. He can certainly manage 4 PA/game.
He only needs 86 (on the low end) to 92 or more starts to get vested. They need to bench him (or for him to be injured) for at least 16 games, between now and the end of the season before he’ll miss vesting, and it’s likely 22 games.
That’s over once a week for the rest of the season if you want it to be close and worry all year.
If you don’t, something has to happen. They need to call up Clement to DH for a while, which may be the plan, or they might be looking forward to the late-season roster expansion, when they can run anyone through that spot. They could just DH someone else twice a week or more. Like Ibanez, say.
But something has to happen. Vidro’s option will vest if he continues to start.
And here’s the thing — as much as I want to believe that the team won’t let it happen, I have no faith in that. This is a team with Cairo on the roster, a team that thought Vidro did a great job last year. If he hits for a hollow average the rest of the way, they’re a risk to pick up the option year even if it doesn’t vest. There is no way I can look at a roster management decision like this and feel sure that the team’s going to make the obvious correct decision.
Hot update: it appears I’m interpreting that quote wrong. Sorry.