Vizquel makes the cut with Toronto

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Vizquel makes the cut with Toronto

Omar Vizquel's playing skills may have significantly diminished as he's reached his mid-40's, but his knowledge of the game is something Toronto clearly wants to keep around. The Blue Jays did just that, optioning Vizquel's competition to Triple-A on Wednesday.

Following a miraculous 2010, Vizquel looked like a 44-year-old with the White Sox in 2011, posting just a .287 on-base percentage. But his defense took a more significant hit, as his range and arm strength just weren't good enough to warrant the kind of playing time he received.

While there may not be any direct causation, that Vizquel was on the White Sox roster during Alexei Ramirez's development from a decent shortstop to deserving Gold Glove winner shouldn't be overlooked. The year before that, Vizquel backed up Elvis Andrus -- who has similarly developed into a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop.

It'll be interesting to see how long Vizquel sticks with Toronto -- if the Blue Jays have any deserving prospect who should be pushing for a roster spot, Vizquel would probably be the first man to go. Still, it's nice to see him stick around, especially now that we can take a step back and appreciate him without scrutinizing his performance.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.