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Omar Vizquel is now a White Sox minor league manager

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Omar Vizquel was let go as the Tigers first base coach when the club shuffled its coaching staff, but he has found a new job in one of his old organizations: the White Sox have hired him to manage their Class A affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Vizquel, who played for the White Sox from 2010-2011, interviewed for the Tigers vacant manager job following Brad Ausmus’ exit. The next time he interviews for such a gig he’ll have some managerial experience to offer. In the meantime, he’ll be managing some young guys in the White Sox’ stocked farm system.

He may need to ask for a couple of days off in July, though, as so far he’s getting strong Hall of Fame voting support on his first year on the ballot and may need to make a quick trip to Cooperstown.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.