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Omar Vizquel agrees to minor-league deal with Blue Jays

Jan 23, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT


UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick originally reported that Vizquel was getting a one-year deal, but it’s actually a minor-league deal with a spring training invite. He’s expected to battle Mike McCoy and Luis Valbuena for a utility infield job.

8:00 PM: While we haven’t heard much about Omar Vizquel this winter, we’re happy to pass along word that he’s coming back for at least one more season.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue Jays.

Vizquel, who turns 45 in April, batted .251/.287/.305 with seven doubles and eight RBI and a .592 OPS over 182 plate appearances with the White Sox in 2011. He made 20 starts at third base, 14 at second base and eight at shortstop last season, so he’ll likely function in a similar utility infield role with Toronto. Of course, he’s also a nice tutor to have around for their young infielders.

This will be Vizquel’s 24th big-league season. The 11-time Gold Glove Award winner has a .272 lifetime average to go along with 2,812 career hits and three All-Star appearances. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer and 45-year-old Tim Wakefield are the only older “active” players in the majors.

  1. dondada10 - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Ahh, good old baseball. The sport where a 45 year old is the 3rd oldest man in the game.

  2. sisqsage - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Geritol and MoM still works. But wait until he gets the tax bill for Canada’s version of social security.

    • supersnappy - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Our tax rates are actually pretty similar to yours, we just make our rich folks pay some too

      • thefalcon123 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        Only they get health insurance with theirs too, as where mine is an additional $150 a month.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    well if this doesnt tell you the state of the bluejay farm system, nothing will. Must be trying for the all over 40 team in toronto this year. Can you say 4th place? You bet you can!

    • duluthbuttonhut - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      A) You sir, are an idiot.
      B) The Jays farm system was just ranked number 1 by no other than Mr. John Sickels.
      C) This was an obvious depth/character signing, and signifies that the team is full of young, exciting players, looking to learn something from one of the most respected and well-traveled players in the game.

  4. metalhead65 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    what walt did not reach out and sign him for the reds? dusty must be awfully upset that he will not have his veteran presence at short this year. and make no mistake whatever has been they sign as a backup will be the reds starting shortstop for dusty before the end of april.

  5. bleed4philly - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    So at 31, there’s still hope for me

    • cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Yep, and @ 43 I still got a shot, too.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    He is a low cost option for the Jays. I would be surprised if he makes the roster.

  7. cshearing - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Here’s our Johnny Mac replacement. Utility infielder/ground ball coach.

  8. Chris K - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I remember a time where we had like 5 legitimate shortstop prospects. At least we got one back this off season. He’s just our closer now…

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