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White Sox close to signing Omar Vizquel

Nov 20, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

Omar Vizquel must not have drawn any interest for a possible full- or even part-time job, because’s Ken Rosenthal reports that he’s close to signing a one-year deal with the White Sox.
Chicago has Alexei Ramirez entrenched at shortstop and plans to make Gordon Beckham an everyday second baseman after playing him at third base as a rookie, so barring injuries Vizquel would be slated for a strict backup job.
He filled that role nicely this season in Texas, serving as a mentor for 20-year-old standout rookie Elvis Andrus while accumulating fewer than 200 plate appearances for the first time in his 21-year career.
Vizquel has never been much of a hitter, but came close to matching his .273/.338/.355 career line by batting .266/.316/.345 in limited action this season and is one of the few shortstops in baseball history to remain an asset defensively in his 40s. Now that he’s willing to accept a bench role, he’s an ideal backup for a team with young starters up the middle.

  1. chet7-5=65 - Nov 20, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    i want him icleveland next year if he isnt here next year he will be soon

  2. Megan - Nov 21, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Honestly, I’m just glad to see him playing somewhere at all.
    It’d be nice to see him back in Cleveland at some point, but I don’t see it happening with the ‘young blood’ direction they seem to be taking.

  3. grant - Nov 22, 2009 at 2:21 AM

    Shouldn’t they swtich Ramirez and Beckham? Whatever.

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