Omar Vizquel would prefer to know where he will play next season, and announced upon his arrival at spring training that he hopes the San Francisco Giants will consider a contract extension.
Vizquel would like to set up an informal meeting this spring, though Giants General Manager Brian Sabean isn't ready to commit to such discussions with the Gold Glove shortstop.
"We can just sit and talk," Vizquel said yesterday before taking the field at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Stadium. "If he can't accommodate that, it's fine. It's not an obligation."
Vizquel plans to play through the 2009 season and catch Venezuelan countryman and Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio in a few statistical categories for shortstops along the way.
The Giants' top prospect at shortstop is Emmanuel Burris, a switch-hitter selected 33rd overall in last year's draft as compensation for losing lefty reliever Scott Eyre in free agency.
Vizquel, who will turn 40 in April, has 11 Gold Gloves, second all-time at his position to Ozzie Smith's 13.
Vizquel played in 153 games last season and batted .295 with 4 home runs, 10 triples, 22 doubles and 58 RBI. His four errors were his fewest since committing three for Cleveland in 2000.
· YANKEES:Manager Joe Torre and the core of players who won four World Series titles with Bernie Williams are resigned to the outfielder's absence.
"It will happen to all of us," catcher Jorge Posada said.
Williams rejected the Yankees offer of a minor league contract, instead wanting a guarantee of a job when the season starts.
· RED SOX:Right fielder J.D. Drew showed up in Fort Myers, Fla., with a five-year, $70 million deal saying he's as healthy as he's ever been in his career and he's sure his right shoulder will hold up throughout the duration of his contract.
"I've been in a situation over the last three years where I've changed some things in the way I kind of manage myself off the field, and that's really paid off."
· BRAVES:Seventeen months after reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, Mike Hampton threw batting practice during the first full-squad workout in Kissimmee, Fla.
"I didn't want to push it," Hampton said. "Now, we'll see how it feels tomorrow."
· ARBITRATION:Padres second baseman Todd Walker won his salary hearing, leaving owners with a 4-3 edge this year in cases decided by arbitration panels. The 106 players in arbitration averaged a 106 percent increase, from $1.46 million to $3.01 million.