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Nats to trade Vidro to Mariners

Snelling, Fruto to join Washington, pending physicals

By Bill Ladson / MLB.com

 

The Nationals are expected to trade second baseman Jose Vidro to the Mariners for outfielder Chris Snelling and pitcher Emiliano Fruto.

 

Vidro has two years left on his contract and Seattle will pick up $12 million of the $16 million remaining, according to baseball sources. The deal is expected to be official on Thursday, pending physicals. Neither club issued a confirmation of the deal.

 

The trade was agreed upon between the two clubs late last week during the Winter Meetings, but both sides needed Vidro's approval because he has a no-trade clause. For approving the trade, according to sources, Vidro was given a vesting option for 2009.

 

The trade ends Vidro's 10-year run with the Nationals/Expos. Last year, Vidro played in 125 games and hit .289 with seven home runs and 47 RBIs.

 

Snelling, 25, has big-league experience. He played in a combined 59 games and hit .237 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. Fruto, 22, played in 22 games for the Mariners and had a 5.50 ERA.

 

The trade means one thing for the Nationals: According to baseball officials, shortstop Felipe Lopez will be switched to second and Cristian Guzman will remain at shortstop.

 

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jose Lopez (1 1/2 seasons) .692 career OPS vs Jose Vidro .822 career OPS with a .301 career BA...Thats the reason for the trade, Vidro is a huge addition to the Mariners lineup. Lopez could still compete for the SS position with Betancort

Jose Lopez as a 22 year old, full time starter put up these numbers last year

 

.282/.319/.405 10hr 79rbi and he was an all star

 

Bavasi is a moron

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He'll be 33 on opening day, can't play a lick of defense anymore (which is why he wont start in Seattle) and hasn't stayed healthy for god knows how long.

That has been his only question mark...His Health

BTW he will not turn 32 til next August

and that is a GINORMOUS question mark

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Vidro trade temporarily put on hold

Before joining M's, ex-Nat must wait until Monday for physical

By Bill Ladson / MLB.com

 

The trade between the Nationals and Mariners that sent second baseman Jose Vidro to Seattle and outfielder Chris Snelling and right-hander Emiliano Fruto to Washington will be put on hold for another three days because Vidro still needs to take his physical.

 

Vidro was scheduled to take the physical in Miami on Friday, but his flight in Puerto Rico was canceled because of engine problems. Vidro is scheduled to take a Sunday night flight to Miami and see the doctor the next day.

 

Vidro's flight on Friday was scheduled for 11 a.m. ET, but the flight was delayed until 12:50 p.m.

 

"We were heading out and [then]they put the airplane [back to the gate], and they said something was wrong, and it was almost 2 o'clock [Puerto Rico time, an hour ahead of Miami] already," Vidro said. "My appointment was at 4 o'clock in the afternoon in Miami, and there was no way for me to make it over there. My agent [seth Levinson] was on the phone all day to make it possible, but he couldn't get an appointment for later on. The doctor's office closes at five."

 

Once Vidro passes his physical, the trade between the Nationals and Mariners will be official. Vidro has two years left on his contract, and Seattle will pick up $12 million of the $16 million remaining. He is expected to be the Mariners' designated hitter.

 

Snelling, 25, has big-league experience. He has played in 59 games and hit .237 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. Fruto, 22, played in 22 games for the Mariners, and he had a 5.50 ERA. The two will most likely get a chance to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster.

 

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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They ate 12 mil.. LOL

 

Vidro is NOT a "premium" 2B

Why would you say that? He has had an excellent career in every aspect

As a hitter. And that was before a series of injuries that he likely won't bounce back from. At best, he's a Hal Morris from the DH spot and more likely he'll be Jose Offerman.

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