Wladimir Balentien DFA’d
Anyone worried that the Mariners may have shipped away a legitimate middle of the order bat for a spare minor league arm last year should be able to rest a little bit easier now. Former frustrating Ms farmhand Wladimir Balentien just lost out to former frustrating Texas farmhand Laynce Nix for the 5th outfielder job with the Reds.
If no team trades for him in the next 10 days, Balentien will almost certainly find a minor league deal before too long. Every once in awhile, someone with his raw ability and obvious deficiencies turns into Nelson Cruz. More often, they hang around mashing Triple-A pitching into their late 20s/early 30s or sign a relatively lucrative contract to play in Japan. Best of luck to Wlad.