In incredibly shocking news, the Seattle Mariners made a very bold statement that very few teams would have had the courage to make. They’ve decided that a designated hitter should be able to hit a ball, and designated Jose Vidro for assignment.

Vidro had been hitting a crisp .234, which is by leaps and bounds better than the average pitcher. He also has the uncanny ability to take a walk about once a week, brilliantly illuminated by his .274 OBP. And to top it all off, you can always count on his remarkable consistency – his slugging percentage has fallen every year since 2002, so you know his slugging percentage will be lower next year than the .338 figure he currently holds.

This must have been a very difficult decision to make for Seattle since they’ve been so enamored with Vidro’s offensive excellence. Why, just prior to the trade deadline, manager Jim Riggleman gushed about his designated hitter, actual performance be damned:

“The numbers may say otherwise, but I think he’s going to give us good at-bats.”

And the team was shocked when the trade deadline came and went without a phone call from another GM offering his entire farm system plus naming rights to his first-born grandchild for a 33-year old DH with a 66 OPS-Plus making $8.5MM.

“I just thought someone would have asked for Jose, but that didn’t happen,” the manager said. “He really was swinging the bat good.”

But with the team on the cusp of contention throughout the season – they were merely 18 games out a month ago as opposed to the 26-game climb they face today – the organization couldn’t justify a youth movement to their hopeful fanbase until now. Besides, it wasn’t like the team had any 23-year old prospects with a .940. OPS in AAA and made next to no money in comparison with Vidro or anything. The closest thing the team had was Wladimir Balentien, the 24-year old prospect with the .938 OPS in AAA. So really, what choice did the team have?

So kudos to the Seattle Mariners for making this gutsy call. And now, you’ll have to excuse me while I wet myself in fear that Jose Vidro could eventually wind up with the Mets.

2 Responses to “Mariners DFA Vidro – Understatements & Overstatements Ensue”

  1. IMHO this has come to little to late, and still goes to show you how horrible the Mariners Front Office is.

  2. Coley Ward says:

    It’s never too late to cut Jose Vidro.

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