Seattle wants every Jose on the Nats

Nationals to Trade Vidro for ProspectsThe Post
If 2B Jose Vidro passes a physical, he gets traded to Seattle. The prospects the Nats are said to be getting, Chris Snelling, an injury prone 25-year-old outfielder and Emiliano Fruto, a 22-year-old right-handed relief pitcher, could make the roster this year. What really makes the deal attractive is the salary dump. The Nats will owe the M’s just $4 million of the $16 million left on Vidro’s contract. It also clears up a logjam in the infield. Perhaps that worse part of the deal — Cristian Guzman‘s spot at shortstop seems secured. Felipe Lopez is expected to take Vidro’s place at second.

About those prospects:

Snelling, who has a reputation for playing hard, split his time between Class AAA Tacoma and Seattle in 2006, hitting .250 with three homers in 96 at-bats for the Mariners. The trade magazine Baseball America rated Snelling as Seattle’s fourth-best prospect in 2005 and said he was the Mariners’ best prospect in hitting for average and with strike-zone discipline. He should be thrown into the battle for the left field spot.

Fruto went 2-2 with a 5.50 ERA in 23 appearances for the Mariners as a rookie last season, when he also made 28 appearances for Tacoma. Baseball America said he had the best change-up in the Seattle organization, and he should be added to a Nationals bullpen that likely will be the strength of the 2007 club.

Looks like a pretty good deal to me.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats finalize deal involving Vidro & The Seattle Times: M’s deal for Nationals’ Vidro

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