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Vizquel denies giving Cleveland bad rap

By Sheldon Published: March 11, 2010

The Indians were never in the picture when Omar Vizquel sought employment over the winter.

The White Sox and Vizquel's agent, Adam Katz, quickly came to a meeting of the minds and after one season with the Rangers.

Vizquel no longer is an everyday player, but he is still a player. He batted .266 in 177 at-bats in 2009 and has become adept at playing second and third, as well as shortstop.

""I was looking for a job and Chicago was in the picture when I went to San Francisco (in 2005),'' he said today. ""So I signed with them right away. It was pretty cool.
""Chicago was the first team that talked to me. I never talked to Cleveland.''
There was a published report that Vizquel did not want to return to the Tribe because Cleveland lacked the quality and quantity of artists and art museums compared to a larger city. The source of that story was Katz.

""I never said that,'' Vizquel said. ""I have more friends in Cleveland who do art than San Francisco. And Cleveland has a world class museum.''

Would Vizquel come back to Cleveland if given the chance?

""Whenever they call me,'' he said with a smile.

When told that the team was in a financial bind, Vizquel said, ""I don't ask for much money.''

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