Blue Jays Sign Omar Vizquel

The Blue Jays have signed 44-year-old infielder Omar Vizquel to a minor league contract that contains an invitation to the Major League Spring Training camp, the team announced.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link) had the scoop first, hearing the news from Adam Katz, Vizquel's agent.  The infielder would earn $750K if he makes the Blue Jays, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet Radio FAN 590 tweets.

An 11-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Vizquel has played mostly second and third base over the last few seasons and provides the Jays with depth at both positions behind starters Brett Lawrie and Kelly Johnson.  The Blue Jays are Vizquel's sixth different club over his long career, which would reach 24 seasons if he plays in 2012.  Vizquel still has an outside chance at the 3000-hit club (he has 2841 career hits) if he can keep playing through 2013, judging by his recent offensive output.


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78 Comments on "Blue Jays Sign Omar Vizquel"


3 years 7 months ago

There it is…  That was the missing piece

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

Congratulations on being the billionth person to make that joke.

3 years 7 months ago

But it was funnier this time

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

No.

3 years 7 months ago

How does it feel to be mad all the time for no reason?  It must be awfully boring.  I just managed to see you railing on someone else about a “Yu” joke.  Welcome to the internet, this is a place for fun, not for your authoritarian rulings on jokes.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

My brain hurts when I try to comprehend the concept that making the same unfunny joke again and again and again is somehow fun.

Lucas Kschischang
3 years 7 months ago

When I tell stand-up, I usually just repeat the same joke over and over again.

Dennis Megary
3 years 7 months ago

thats the best way to tell a joke Lucas,thats the best way to tell a joke Lucas,thats the best way to tell a joke Lucas,thats the best way to tell a joke Lucas,thats the best way to tell a joke Lucas,

3 years 7 months ago

How does it feel to be mad all the time for no reason?  It must be awfully boring.  I just managed to see you railing on someone else about a “Yu” joke.  Welcome to the internet, this is a place for fun, not for your authoritarian rulings on jokes.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

No.

camisadelgolf
3 years 7 months ago

Print off the World Series tickets.

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

This goes to prove that the further north you go, the slower you age. Trust me. I’m a physicist.

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

Wouldn’t a bio-chemist be more qualified?

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

I said trust me.

$14878247
3 years 7 months ago

More like whale biologist. Always trust the whale biologist.

pastlives
3 years 7 months ago

k THIS ones a little more questionable

vincentjulian
3 years 7 months ago

AA is a fan of all things White Sox

renegadeisback
3 years 7 months ago

45 years old.. umm

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe he can get his teammates senior citizen discounts on the road.

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

Darren Oliver needs a room mate 😉

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

not to ruin your joke, but I actually just recently learned that they dont have roomates. i was shocked to learned this.

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

No, you ruined it alright.

deere5800
3 years 7 months ago

Seriously? Just the Jays or all/most teams?

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

All teams. Such a waste of money.

deere5800
3 years 7 months ago

Huh. But how to they get up to crazy shenanigans?

Benny
3 years 7 months ago

Big respect to Vizquel, still holding it down at SS, at the age of 45. With all due respect though, you need to retire already!

crzycanuck
3 years 7 months ago

This would have been a good pick up 10 years ago

safari_punch
3 years 7 months ago

Even better 20 years ago.

crzycanuck
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed.  Heard his grandson was in the minors.

3 years 7 months ago

say what??

TheodoreRoosevelt
3 years 7 months ago

Defensive backup; and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if AA has nabbed him with a mind to a long-term coaching role. He’s trying to build a dynasty at the Jays. 

crzycanuck
3 years 7 months ago

I can see that happening.  He’d be a great mentor once Hech comes to town.

Disgustedfan
3 years 7 months ago

He has sure built a great dynasty of 4th place finishes.

TheodoreRoosevelt
3 years 7 months ago

Yes. Bye now. 

3 years 7 months ago

So 2 years of 4th place finishes under AA where most of the team was still JP’s holdovers is his dynasty now? 

3 years 7 months ago

you are aware he has been gm for 2 years right? 

3 years 7 months ago

At least the Blue Jays have been competitive; they’re just in an insanely stacked division.

3 years 7 months ago

Better than Mccoy in every way.

3 years 7 months ago

I cant believe hes still hanging around. Bravo to him

$5427573
3 years 7 months ago

Johnny Mac 2.0!!!

kwiell
3 years 7 months ago

Isn’t Johnny Mac actually Omar Vizquel 2.0? :)

3 years 7 months ago

gotta be a good thing to have him around Yunel…

nm344
3 years 7 months ago

Wait.. this is a major league deal? 

vilifyingforce
3 years 7 months ago

Hasn’t been updated on the Jays site yet, I see they brought back Woodward on a minor league deal again though.

vilifyingforce
3 years 7 months ago

Vizquel just tweeted he will be in spring training to earn a spot. Sounds like a minor league deal.

3 years 7 months ago

Ah okay—that makes sense. I could not see a team at his age giving him a major-league contract. But I wonder if it is time for him to transition into coaching. Vizquel really has nothing left to prove.

vilifyingforce
3 years 7 months ago

2-3 more seasons and he’ll crack 3000 hits!

Joey E
3 years 7 months ago

comments section needs more AA love!
where are all you jays fans?

whatever. all i know is that if the dodgers signed him, this place would be nothing but jokes but when the jays sign him, there is nothing worth reading in here. all a bunch of meh

escapingNihilism
3 years 7 months ago

I think the only player left who was in MLB when I was born (unless you count Moyer).

Harthan
3 years 7 months ago

I’m excited, only because there’s a chance I’ll get to see him play in Cleveland on opening day this year, as the Jays open against the Indians at Progressive Field.  I’d love to be part of a standing ovation for him.

joe smith
3 years 7 months ago

There is no chance you will see Vizquel on opening day in Detroit.

Unless this is a coaching position or just AAA depth I really dont understand it. I would rather have McCoy or Valbuena as the backup infielder.

3 years 7 months ago

This may be Vizquel getting his foot in the door of a coaching career.

3 years 7 months ago

I don’t understand why everyone’s tripping. It’s not a bad signing. I mean if anything you get one of the best defensive players ever to teach your younger players a thing or two about defense. Plus it’s only a minor league deal.

FriedCalamari
3 years 7 months ago

If Bautista can do it at 29. Why can’t Vizquel do at 45? He will change his approach at the plate. 35 bombs from Vizquel as DH/ss/3b/2b, book it.