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Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:44 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 8:09 pm
By Matt Snyder

Omar Vizquel's career will be extended yet another season. The now-utility infielder has signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jays. He confirmed the news himself on Twitter Tuesday night. Assuming Vizquel makes it to opening day with the Jays, it will be his 24th season in the majors.


Vizquel, 44, used to be an All-Star shortstop and routinely took home the Gold Glove while providing good offensive production, but those days are far in the rearview mirror. Now he's simply a bench player. Last season, he appeared in just 58 games for the White Sox, hitting .251/.287/.305 with 18 runs scored. He played all four infield positions at some point.

The Blue Jays will be Vizquel's sixth team.

Amazingly, Vizquel is not likely to be the oldest player in baseball -- even though he'll turn 45 in late April. Tim Wakefield has him beat and 49-year-old Jamie Moyer just signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies.

Vizquel is just 159 hits away from the coveted 3,000, but he only had 137 hits combined in the past two seasons. Still, he could very well make it there if he keeps finding work.

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Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:56 pm

Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

Wow! Omar is still playing. My hat goes off to this guy for being the consummate professional on and off the field. Furthermore, his conditioning and hard work is a testimony of what professional athletes should strive to be like when it comes to their bodies.

Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:28 am

Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

Holy cow! Omar is still playing? And I see he is only 159 hits from 3,000 for his career, but has only had a combined 137 the past two seasons. So I expect him to stick around for awhile until he gets to that 3,000 mark. And why not, I think he owes it to himself.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:27 pm

Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

not a bad depth signing...has to be better then Luis Valbuena??!!!...and if he played outfield, better then McCoy.  He can also mentor Lawrie and Escobar...and maybe Hech too!

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:14 pm

Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

I very much like the signings of Darren Oliver and Vizquel. They could mentor the younger players and perhaps make a contribution of their own on the field. Toronto is a very young team and can really use a few experienced teammates to provide a good example.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:49 pm

Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

Let's hope that Toronto's up and coming youngsters get enough access to Omar to learn from those 24 seasons. That may prove to be worth at least as much as what he achieves on the field next season, and will surely have been one of the deciding factors in signing him up.

Shrewd signing if they use him off the field as well as on it, and I for one hope he can play another couple of seasons and pull himself up to 3000 hits. 

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:20 pm

Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

Bummer, I wanted a back-up INF in Cleveland. would have been perfect.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:07 pm

Report: Blue Jays sign Omar Vizquel

What must those young prospects in AA or AAA be thinking.  I will tell you what they are thinking, "How can a guy get a look when all these old dudes keep hanging around".  If teams would invest growing the young talent, we might see a better product in some markets.  Unfortunately, not in Toronto but Colorado you know better or I thought you did.

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