Giants roll the dice with Vizquel
The Giants believe veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel still has a few more good years left in him.
Originally Published: November 16, 2004By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
When it comes to the Giants and Omar Vizquel, I don't quite know where to begin.
Yes, my feathered friends: Omar Vizquel, who turns 38 next April and was signed by the Giants to a three-year deal for more than $12 million (including a couple of deferred payments), is a "long-term answer." This is a bit like taking over as head of production at Paramount, and signing Sean Connery to an eight-picture deal. Or solving your daily 90-mile commute by restoring a Model T. Connery and the Model T were both wonderfully effective in their time, but there comes a point when you have to look reality squarely in the face.
I'll start here, though. According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman, "The Giants signed Deivi Cruz for 2005 on Nov. 3 but told him they would search for a long-term answer at short."