Not content to let those chardonnay sipping elitists in Frisco monopolize every past-his-prime-never-was ballplayer in the NL West, our boy Ned is reportedly interested in Omar Vizquel as a fallback option at shortstop.
For the Dodgers? The Los Angeles Dodgers? In 2009? Not Omar Vizquel Jr., but the actual Omar Vizquel? We're talking about the older gentleman that used to be a major league shortstop? Did he learn how to throw the knuckleball?
From Tony Jackson:
He clearly would be nothing more than a fallback plan if the club doesn't sign Rafael Furcal, he'll turn 42 in April, and he hasn't hit better than .250 in three years. But he IS an 11-time Gold Glove winner and would be another excellent addition to the clubhouse. He also would shore up the SS position for a year until Ivan De Jesus is ready, although he wouldn't come close to providing the offense Furcal did.
Vizquel had outgrown his usefulness the first time Ned signed him - in 2005. On what planet is Omar Vizquel a more appealing "fallback" than Chin-Lung Hu?
Even Sabean has to be laughing at this one.
Diamond Leung says no:
Colletti indicated the team wasn't looking at free-agent shortstop Omar Vizquel as an option.
Damn. So close.
Tony Jackson got some bad info:
By the way, I got bad info earlier. The Dodgers are NOT interested in Omar Vizquel.
So much bullshit comes out of those meetings, still it's something one easily could see Ned doing.