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August 5, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Vidro designated for assignment

The Jose Vidro era ended today when the Mariners designated him for assingment. I just drove by him in the Safeco Field parking lot. I was headed in, he was leaving. The Mariners have 10 days to release, trade or demote Vidro to the minors — a move he could refuse. Anyhow, he’s gone.
Wladimir Balentien is back up.
Why did this take so long after the July 31 deadline?
My guess is it had to do with Jeff Clement’s health. Clement was going to see quite a few DH at-bats. No use getting rid of Vidro if the guy who will take a lot of his at-bats is on-the-shelf. Now that Clement is feeling better, Vidro goes.

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