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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  1. There it is…  That was the missing piece

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

      Congratulations on being the billionth person to make that joke.

      • But it was funnier this time

        • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

          • Dennis Megary 4 years 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,

          • 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 4 years ago


      • camisadelgolf 4 years ago

        Print off the World Series tickets.

  2. Seanb1223 4 years ago

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

  3. pastlives 4 years ago

    k THIS ones a little more questionable

  4. vincentjulian 4 years ago

    AA is a fan of all things White Sox

  5. renegadeisback 4 years ago

    45 years old.. umm

    • Seanb1223 4 years ago

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

    • johnsmith4 4 years ago

      Darren Oliver needs a room mate 😉

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

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

        • Seanb1223 4 years ago

          No, you ruined it alright.

        • deere5800 4 years ago

          Seriously? Just the Jays or all/most teams?

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            All teams. Such a waste of money.

          • deere5800 4 years ago

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

  6. Benny 4 years 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!

  7. crzycanuck 4 years ago

    This would have been a good pick up 10 years ago

  8. say what??

  9. TheodoreRoosevelt 4 years 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. 

  10. Better than Mccoy in every way.

  11. I cant believe hes still hanging around. Bravo to him

  12. $5427573 4 years ago

    Johnny Mac 2.0!!!

  13. gotta be a good thing to have him around Yunel…

  14. nm344 4 years ago

    Wait.. this is a major league deal? 

    • vilifyingforce 4 years ago

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

      • vilifyingforce 4 years ago

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

        • 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 4 years ago

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

  15. Joey E 4 years 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

  16. escapingNihilism 4 years ago

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

  17. Cody Bezik 4 years 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 4 years 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. FriedCalamari 4 years 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.

  21. tribe1045 4 years ago

    Omar deserves to be in the HOF regardless. It would be nice to see him get to 3,000, though.

  22. ARod's Ring 4 years ago

    Vizquel was the last active major leaguer to have played at Exhibition

    LOL You know you’re old when…

  23. Eric 4 years ago

    The Bluejays make me laugh

  24. Frank Drebin 4 years ago

    Teh “AA” does it again!!!!!!!1!one Geniuz!!!!1!!

  25. Frank Drebin 4 years ago

    Should have got someone younger, like Kelly Gruber. Lawlz

  26. purplewidow 4 years ago

    This guy can teach every player and coach a few things.. He is a wealth of knowledge and helped Alexie Ramirez and Brent Morel and Gordon Beckham turn into defensive gems!!! I am shocked at all the disrespect for this guy just because of his age.. He isn’t starting and if he did would post a 280 average in his sleep. Everyone on this board needs to grow up!!

  27. vikray 4 years ago

    The Canucks healthcare can cover him now when he breaks a hip. I kid – I hope he plays until he’s 50 which is about how long he’ll have to play to reach 3000 at this rate

  28. juanitapajarita 3 years ago

    Some of you, really talk, talk, talk, with no idea of baseball… Omar has been and continues to be an example on the field, and out! He is a truly great player, at 44, he can still catch a ball better than almost any young player can, he brings charisma, team cohesiveness, and experience. I hope he gets the 3000 hits, because he DESERVES it! He is a baseball player to be remembered and followed

  29. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Congratulations. Want a cookie?

  30. No you didn’t.

  31. Seanb1223 4 years ago

    Me too. The stars aligned just like I predicted. Trust me. I’m an astrophysicist.

  32. jedicouncil 4 years ago

    thats ok, harold baines is on the way.

  33. Disgustedfan 4 years ago

    And I’m the easter bunny.

  34. Seanb1223 4 years ago

    You jipped me last year. I have high hopes for you this year.

  35. hahahahahaha…. so funny… 


  36. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    Lame….maybe you are trying to hard

  37. ahhh – there he is!

  38. Lucas Kschischang 4 years ago

    If a logo change worked for Tampa, it’ll work for the Jays!!

    And that ain’t no bull!

  39. Lucas Kschischang 4 years ago

    Moyer against Vizquel. Now that’s a battle.

  40. Lucas Kschischang 4 years ago

    Vizquel made a grand total of zero errors last year. McCoy…
    well, I don’t even need to look it up to know that it was more.

  41. Lucas Kschischang 4 years ago

    McCoy has the advantage of being a multi-positional player.

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