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January 22, 2009

Vizquel believes he can still be an everyday player

A conference call with the newest Texas Rangers player, Omar Vizquel, just wrapped. The 20-year veteran said that he will welcome whatever roll the Rangers have for him, but he believes he can still play everyday and he plans to prepare as though he will be the Opening Day shortstop.

Vizquel also said that he doesn't know much about Elvis Andrus, other than he is a fellow Venezuelan. But he has enjoyed mentoring young players in the past and believes he can help Andrus prepare for being an everyday big-league shortstop.

General manager Jon Daniels said that Vizquel provides a safety net should Andrus not make the club out of spring training, but Daniels doesn't expect Andrus to fail. Vizquel was signed, Daniels said, because he can still make an impact -- not necessarily just to be Andrus' mentor.

-- Jeff Wilson

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