Vidro Sent To DFA Land

Jose Vidro was designated for assignment on Tuesday. The M's now have 10 days to try and work out a trade, or he will be released.

The Jose Vidro Era came to an unceremonious end in Seattle on Tuesday when the struggling DH was designated for assignment. The M's can try to work out a trade for Vidro, but it's virtually unthinkable that any team would take on Vidro's contract in return for a player that has posted a .612 OPS on the season.

Vidro was once considered perhaps the best offensive second baseman in the National League, as he racked up three All-Star appearances by the age of 28. He hit a career-high 24 home runs in 2000 and hit over .300 in each of his first five full seasons. Despite this year's struggles, he still has a .298 career batting average and .804 career OPS.

While Vidro never recaptured his power after injuries slowed him down in 2005, he did have a somewhat productive season in 2007 with the Mariners, putting up a .314/.381/.394 line with six home runs and 59 RBI.

But everything went downhill this season, as Jose put up some of the worst offensive numbers in all of baseball. Only a recent streak of success pushed his OPS above the .600 mark.

Vidro will be replaced on the roster by Wladimir Balentien, who hit .200/.264/.345 in 33 games with the Mariners earlier this season. Balentien has been hot as of late in AAA Tacoma and should be a bit more relaxed in his second stint with the big club.

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