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White Sox re-sign Omar Vizquel to one-year, $1.75 million deal

Nov 2, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

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According to the team’s official Twitter feed the White Sox have re-signed Omar Vizquel to a one-year contract and Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth $1.75 million after the 43-year-old Vizquel earned $1.375 million this season from a one-year deal signed last November.

After getting a career-low 195 plate appearances as Elvis Andrus’ backup in Texas last season Vizquel logged 391 plate appearances this season for his most playing time since 2007.

He backed up Alexei Ramirez at shortstop, but also started 62 times at third base and 18 times at second base while hitting .276/.341/.331 to nearly duplicate his .273/.338/.354 career line.

Chicago will no doubt plan for Vizquel to have a lesser role in 2011, but as far as utility infielders go he combines a good clubhouse presence with strong defense and decent on-base skills, so $1.75 million isn’t a bad price.

  1. BC - Nov 2, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    How close is he to 3000 hits? I think that would be a trip if he got there.

    • docktorellis - Nov 2, 2010 at 3:16 PM

      Vizquel has 2,799 hits, second-most all-time for a shortstop after Cap’n. 2010 had him with 95 hits at 344 at-bats. Assuming he won’t get more than 344 ABs the next few seasons, he’d have to play 3 more seasons to break 3k hits. Already the oldest position player in the game, I have a hard time seeing him break it, even if he can stick around for 5 more years as a utility guy.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 2, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    I love this guy. Wish he’d been a Cub.

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