Free agent SS Omar Vizquel has agreed to terms with the Giants, the team announced yesterday.
Vizquel agreed to a three-year, $12.25 million contract, a person close to the negotiations told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Vizquel, a nine-time Gold Glove winner, becomes the first of 207 free agents to join a new team, and the second to sign overall after reliever Doug Brocail returned to the Rangers on Friday on a one-year, $1 million deal.
The 37-year-old Vizquel, one of baseball's best defensive shortstops and a switch hitter, batted .291 with seven homers and 59 RBI last season for the Indians.
Vizquel filed for free agency last month after the Indians declined to pick up his $5 million option for 2005. Vizquel had said he wanted to return for a 12th season in Cleveland, where he grew into one of the franchise's most popular players, but the Indians said his return would be "a long shot."
* SAYONARA, JAPAN: Vernon Wells went 3 for 4 with a homer, and David Ortiz also homered for the touring major leaguers in a 5-0 victory over the Japanese all-stars in Tokyo.
The major league stars snapped a three-game losing streak, after winning the first four straight, and won the eight-game series 5-3.
"To play with these guys against the best in Japan has been a blast," said Wells of the Blue Jays, the series' most valuable player. "Unfortunately, we made it a close series but we managed to win. We made it entertaining and that's what we're here for."
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