Declined the 2005 Option of SS Omar Vizquel ($5M)
This is nothing shocking, and it doesn’t really have any impact on whether Vizquel returns. Declining the option means that Vizquel will receive a $1M buyout. The Indians have until December 7th to make a final decision on keeping Omar, but they’ll more than likely have made up their minds long before that. Judging by the reactions from both camps following their post-season meeting, I think Vizquel’s agent was asking for too much money. Or maybe Shapiro would rather just cut ties now and go with Jhonny Peralta or Brandon Phillips from here on out. Either way, Vizquel is probably playing for somebody else next season. Despite all the hand-wringing that will result from Vizquel’s departure, I really don’t think the Indians will suffer that much.