Here’s a morsel from Paul Hoynes’s latest mailbag column that really got my attention:
Hey, Hoynsie: Why did the Tribe not make an effort to sign Omar Vizquel? They had a need for a veteran utility infielder, the money was not unreal, and he would have obviously provided a marketing boost. I get that Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez aren’t coming back, but this one really is a head scratcher. – Steve Cornelius, Avon Lake
Hey, Steve: Talked with Adam Katz, Vizquel’s agent, at the winter meetings. Yes, the Indians were interested in re-signing Vizquel, but Vizquel made it clear that he wanted to go to a big-city team that had a thriving art community and lots of museums. Honest. Cleveland was on his list, but Chicago held a bigger allure. It had nothing to do with what the Indians did or didn’t do.
Vizquel wanted lots of museums and he didn’t think Cleveland fit the bill? Um, Earth to Omar. Ever heard of a little thing called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? It’s only the greatest museum on the planet. They’ve got Elvis’s jukebox!