The Cardinals have voided the contract of Wagner Mateo over his vision issues. The are voiding it over “pre-existing injuries and physical defects”.
Here is the info from Bernie’s Press box:
HOUSTON, TX, Sept. 22, 2009 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have terminated the contract of outfielder Wagner Mateo with whom they agreed to terms on July 2.
Mateo’s contract was contingent on a physical exam. Results of the physical exam discovered pre-existing injuries and physical defects that led to today’s decision by the club.
UPDATE: Makes you feel really bad for Wagner and re-emphasizes the risk involved in the Latin American market. From Bernie’s twitter:
The kid Wagner Mateo apparently has a degenerative condition that will greatly impact his vision…pretty serious.
UPDATE 2: Here’s the update from Mateo’s side from Ben Badler’s twitter. Truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Mateo’s camp says Mateo has 20/30 vision in his right eye but does not have a degenerative eye condition or nerve damage.