Saturday, December 16, 2006
The Washington Nationals' pending trade of veteran second baseman Jose Vidro to the Seattle Mariners is on hold until at least Monday because Vidro had travel problems yesterday between his native Puerto Rico and Miami and was forced to postpone his scheduled physical for the Mariners.
The physical is now scheduled for Monday afternoon in Miami. Assuming the Mariners' medical personnel sign off on Vidro's health, the trade will be completed at that point, sending Vidro, 32, to the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Chris Snelling and pitching prospect Emiliano Fruto.
The trade will save the Nationals $12 million over the next two seasons, as the Mariners will pay all but $4 million of the $16 million owed to Vidro in 2007 and 2008. In exchange for Vidro's waiving his no-trade protection, the Mariners also added a team option for 2009.
Snelling, 25, is a onetime top hitting prospect in the Mariners' organization who has a lengthy injury history, but who will compete for a starting outfield job with the Nationals. Fruto, 22, is expected to compete for a bullpen job.
-- Dave Sheinin