Nobody beats the Viz.

Well, that was the slogan in 2007. Can it be the same in 2011?

From the LoHud blog:

Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino. He will reportedly make $750,000 if he makes the big league roster.

You might remember Vizcaino from 2007 when he pitched out of the Yankees bullpen, having come over from Arizona in the Randy Johnson trade. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009, but he has good number in the Dominican this winter (11.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K). That includes a stretch of one hit allowed in nine appearances.

More dumpster diving by Cashman. Low risk/high reward. Vizcaino is 36, and in his one year with the Yanks (2007) was 8-2, 4.30. He pitched 2/3 of an inning in game 2 of that year’s ALDS, gave up a run and took the loss when the Yanks lost 2-1 in 11 innings. You may remember that game as the Midges vs. Joba game.

Vizcaino has pitched for the A’s (1999-2001), Brewers (2002-2004), White Sox (2005, 6-5, 3.73 for the WS Champs that year, one scoreless inning in that postseason), Arizona 2006, Yankees 2007, Colorado 2008.

He was last in the big leagues in 2009, when he split the year between the Cubs (four games) and the Indians (11 games) and went 1-3, 4.11.

His career record is 35-30, 4.33 with 8 saves. ERA+ 103.

Like Prior, taking a chance. Low risk, low salary and see if he has anything left.     

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2 responses to “Nobody beats the Viz.

  1. wow that’s encouraging another has been pitcher who hasn’t pitched in the mlb in years. Another re-tread who wasn’t very good the first time he was here. I am shocked with cheap, throw as much shit at the wall and see what sticks mentality that Cashman is taking. Saying he was good in the Dominican is like picking up a good player from the UFL. I assume Cashman is on the phone with Benny Agbayani trying to sign him.

  2. Yup. Low risk, but it makes Cash look like an alley cat scrumming for food in a garbage can.

    As for Benny, SHHHH… don’t give him any ideas!

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