43 Year-old Vizquel Invited to Spring Training

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Omar Vizquel is going to spring training with the Texas Rangers, who want him to mentor 20-year-old shortstop Elvis Andrus.

An 11-time Gold Glove winner, the 41-year-old Vizquel agreed to
a minor league deal Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring
training.

Vizquel might become a utility infielder for the Rangers, but
his biggest contribution could be helping in the development of
Andrus. Texas is moving five-time All-Star shortstop Michael Young,
a Gold Glove winner last season, to third base to make room for
Andrus, who has never played above Double-A.

If he makes the major league team, Vizquel will get a $1 million
contract with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses.

Vizquel, a three-time All-Star, spent the past four seasons with
the San Francisco Giants, who did not pick up his contract option
for 2009.


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