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.
For all of the headlines about Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush buying the Miami Marlins, this is looking like anything but a done deal. First is the small matter of the billion and a half bucks Jeter and Jeb need to put together. Then there’s the matter of there being another . . . mystery bidder!
That according to commissioner Rob Manfred who says two groups are still bidding to buy the Marlins. He said this morning at the groundbreaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum, adding “There is no agreement in place. We’re working with more than one group . . . there is not a signed document on any topic.”
Despite this, Manfred said that “the timeline is relatively short; it would be measured in days, not months.” So someone is likely to find that billion and a half bucks soon, I reckon.
Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.
The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.
Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.