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Do we want a 45 year old backup shortstop?


Perhaps the Giant's search for a veteran backup shortstop to spell Brandon Crawford is complete with the re-signing of Fontenot. He doesn't really strike me as a shortstop, though he did show last season that he can cover the position and not look completely out of place.

Yesterday, I came across something that gave me pause, and is potentially a very interesting scenario. The veritable and ancient Omar Enrique Vizquel, who does intend to play next year, was asked (on his twitter page) about his interest in playing for the Giants. He responded that, offered a contract, he would go right now.

Now, I haven't watched Omar play in a few seasons, really since he left the Giants, and I'd assumed he was done after that point. But he found some new life as a utility guy for the Rangers and then White Sox, and granted he's played mostly third the last two years, but this still is something to ponder. I'm sure he's lost a step or three, he has to be quite limited offensively, and his WAR as per Baseball Reference is a cumulative -0.9 the last two years.

On the flip side, I'd rather have him as my backup shortstop than Orlando Cabrera or Miguel Tejada, or for that matter, Mike Fontenot. As the best defensive shortstop of his generation, and by all accounts a great guy, he could provide invaluable help to Crawford and improve the clubhouse vibe. And though his OPS was a dismal .592 last year, that was still 28 points higher than the Giants' collective shortstop debacle. Beyond any rational considerations, I have fond memories of Omar as a Giant, and feel like this would be a good thing for the team.

So what do we say? Would you offer Omar the Pat Burrell one million a year veteran sentimental contract? Any interest?

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