According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Toronto Blue Jays and 44 year old shortstop Omar Vizquel, who turns 45 in April, have agreed on a Minor League contract for the coming season, with an invite to Spring Training.
It’s not as bad as guaranteeing a 40 man roster spot, but even a best case scenario means that others who should have done better have failed dramatically. Let’s remember that Vizquel, whose offense and defense have both curtailed in recent years has a career OPS below .700 and a weighted on base average that hasn’t gone beyond .305 in six years.
It’s true that Vizquel will be a good influence on a young team and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, but of all the teams in Major League Baseball, the Blue Jays, armed with the fungo batting skills of one Brian Butterfield, are likely the least neediest when it comes to infield instruction.
Two others rather unimpressed with the signing are presumably Mike McCoy and Luis Valbuena, who will figure to be in competition with Vizquel for the last remaining bench spot on the 25 man roster.