The Mariners will be granting him his unconditional release. After designating him for assignment on August 5th, the Mariners had 10 days to decide what to do with him.
After designating a player for assignment, the club must make one of the following contractual moves:
* Place the player on waivers (which can only be done within the first 7 days of the 10-day period)
* Trade the player
* Release the player
After nothing happened on the first two fronts, it looks like the last option was left.
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Here's the official release
MARINERS RELEASE DESIGNATED HITTER JOSE VIDRO
Vidro was Designated for Assignment on August 5.
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have placed designated hitter Jose Vidro on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. Vidro had been designated for assignment on August 5 when Wladimir Balentien was recalled from AAA Tacoma.
Vidro, 33 (turns 34 Aug. 27), batted .234 (72x308) with 11 doubles, 7 home runs and 45 RBI in 85 games with Seattle this season. Acquired prior to the 2007 season from Washington, Vidro combined to hit .285 (244x856) with 13 home runs and 104 RBI in 232 games as a Mariner.