Source: White Sox, Vizquel near deal

Updated: November 21, 2009, 2:55 AM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago White Sox are in negotiations with Omar Vizquel's agents, Arn Tellem and Tom Reich, to sign the shortstop for the 2010 season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The source said a deal is close to being done.

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first reported the White Sox were close to signing Vizquel.

Vizquel would back up Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and Gordon Beckham at second.

The White Sox tried to sign Vizquel before the 2005 season, when they offered him a long-term contract. But he opted to sign a four-year deal with the San Francisco Giants.

Vizquel played with the Texas Rangers in 2009.

The 42-year-old Venezuelan has long been a favorite of fellow Venezuelan and current manager Ozzie Guillen.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.

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