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White Sox offer Vizquel $1 million

Nov 23, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

On Friday it was reported that the White Sox were interested in ancient former Mariner (and Indian and Giant and Ranger) Omar Vizquel. Yesterday the Chicago Tribune reported that the Sox have offered Vizquel $1 million.  You have to figure he’s gonna take it.

Vizquel is only three years younger than Ozzie Guillen, and like his manager is a shortstop from Venezuela.  Unlike Guillen, however, Vizquel has a decidedly intellectual bent and is reported to be one of the nicest guys in the game.

Now that there is about to be a yin to go with Guillen’s yang, you have to figure that Chicago’s balance has been restored and that they will be cosmically poised to win the AL Central. 

  1. RichardInDallas - Nov 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    There was an interesting profile on Omar on the local FoxSports that carries all the Rangers games. He is MOST personable, extremely intelligent about baseball (and a lot of other stuff, too). On a road trip to NY, they followed him, among other places, on a visit to the MMA. He is just as outgoing, but the antithesis of Ozzie. As a Ranger fan, I hate to see Omar go. Any team that aquires him in any capacity will be better for having done so. His mentoring of Elvis Andrus helped the uber-talented young-un mature into what now can be a top shelf every day shortstop in the bigs, and his versatility across the infield is invaluable whenever another player goes down. His interaction with the younger players on the team (which would be ALL of them)had an effect on this team that thrust them into a pennant race that they were only supposed to be able to watch from a distance. There is no reason to believe that his impact in Chicago would be any different. Got for the Sox.

  2. RichardInDallas - Nov 23, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    There was an interesting profile on Omar on the local FoxSports that carries all the Rangers games. He is MOST personable, extremely intelligent about baseball (and a lot of other stuff, too). On a road trip to NY, they followed him, among other places, on a visit to the MMA. He is just as outgoing, but the antithesis of Ozzie. As a Ranger fan, I hate to see Omar go. Any team that aquires him in any capacity will be better for having done so. His mentoring of Elvis Andrus helped the uber-talented young-un mature into what now can be a top shelf every day shortstop in the bigs, and his versatility across the infield is invaluable whenever another player goes down. His interaction with the younger players on the team (which would be ALL of them)had an effect on this team that thrust them into a pennant race that they were only supposed to be able to watch from a distance. There is no reason to believe that his impact in Chicago would be any different. Got for the Sox.

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