Veteran Vizquel files for free agency
Shortstop won't return to Giants, but hopes to keep playing
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to continue his 20-year Major League career, Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel filed for free agency Monday.General manager Brian Sabean announced the day after the regular season ended that the Giants would not re-sign Vizquel, 41, who repeated throughout the year that he hoped to remain active in 2009. Hampered by a left knee injury that sidelined him for all of Spring Training, Vizquel endured his second consecutive subpar offensive season by hitting .222 in 92 games, although he batted .325 (25-for-77) in his last 23 starts. He hit .246 in 2007, a 49-point drop from the previous year. The 11-time Gold Glove winner has played in a Major League-record 2,654 games at shorstop and owns 2,657 career hits, second among active players behind another free agent, Ken Griffey Jr. (2,680). Vizquel became the second Giant to file for free agency, joining infielder Rich Aurilia. The free-agent filing period began last Thursday and ends Nov. 13.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.