Omar Vizquel
Omar Vizquel
51-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
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$Signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays in January of 2012.
Omar Vizquel: Retiring Wednesday
2BToronto Blue Jays  
September 28, 2012
Vizquel plans to retire Wednesday, Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports.
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Vizquel's going to call it a playing career Wednesday after the conclusion of his 24th major league season. The 45-year-old hit .235/.266/.282 in 58 games this season for Toronto, but will finish with a .272/.366/.353 career slash line. Vizquel also won nine consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1993-2001, and 11 overall.
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Vizquel appeared in a career-low 58 games in 2011 despite remaining healthy for the entirety of his age-44 season. He can still play capably in the infield, but he has lost any power he once had, and one has to wonder how much is left in the tank. He should land a one-year deal somewhere, but his new club will likely limit him to a reserve/mentor role.
It looked like the White Sox signed Vizquel prior to the 2010 season primarily to mentor along their younger middle infielders, but he wound up as their everyday third baseman once Mark Teahen went down with a finger injury. Vizquel didn't do too bad in that spot and he finished the year with a .276 batting average, .341 OBP and 11 steals. That was enough for the Sox to sign him for another year, and he should see time at three infield positions in a reserve role.
Vizquel served as Texas' utility infielder and mentor to Elvis Andrus last year, hitting as well as could be expected, before leaving as a free agent and signing with the White Sox. He'll serve a similar role.
Vizquel finished his final season as a Giant by hitting just .222 with only 13 extra-base hits over 266 at-bats. His OPS dropped for a third straight season, bottoming out at .550 last year. While he's not the Gold Glover he once was, he's still a good shortstop. However, his bat has now become one of the worst in baseball. There might be some team willing to sign him to act as their utility man, but Vizquel's days as a starter are finished.
The end is near for Vizquel, whose .621 OPS ranked as one of the lowest of any position player in baseball last season. The 14 stolen bases were also his lowest total since 2003. While he's still a fine defender, his play in the field has declined as well. For a team rebuilding like the Giants, the offseason one-year, $5.5 million contract agreement made little sense. Vizquel always keeps himself in top shape, but he’ll be 41-years-old in April, so a bounceback year seems unlikely.
At age 39, Vizquel had a career resurgence last season, finishing with his highest OPS (.749) in nearly five years, while also contributing 24 steals on the basepaths. Vizquel's remarkable plate discipline (51:56 K:BB) indicates a precipitous decline isn't likely. He also won his 11th Gold Glove last season, not that he was truly deserving. He keeps himself in great shape and should be reasonably productive for a late-round fantasy pick at shortstop.
Vizquel is a consistent player who manages to maintain his fantasy value by stealing around 20 bases in most seasons. There are few signs of decline in his record, so even at 39, he makes for a decent value in your draft or auction.
Nearing the end of his career, Vizquel recently signed a three-year contract with the Giants. Vizquel may find himself near the top of the order for the Giants next season, after hitting .291 last year with the Indians. Expect Vizquel to be the regular starter at short for the Giants in 2005 and to still turn in his great defensive play for a few more years, although his range numbers indicate that he's clearly lost a step.
Has balky knees, is vastly overpaid but will likely still start at short for the Tribe. At 37, he should be on the downside of his career and will likely be just another guy. Bid accordingly.
Omar rebounded very nicely in 2002 after an awful 2001, reaching career highs in HR (14) and RBI (72). This power spike, as it is, came pretty much out of nowhere and isn't likely to repeat.
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2BToronto Blue Jays  
September 17, 2012
Vizquel went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
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2BToronto Blue Jays  
August 15, 2012
Vizquel is in the starting lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, the Blue Jays' official site reports.
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2BToronto Blue Jays  
July 26, 2012
Vizquel is starting at shortstop and batting ninth Thursday against the A's, Blue Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner reports.
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2BToronto Blue Jays  
May 26, 2012
Vizquel had three hits and a pair of RBI on Saturday.
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2BToronto Blue Jays  
March 28, 2012
Vizquel has made Toronto's big league roster, the National Post's John Lott reports.
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