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Vizquel, Indians meet; new deal must be made

CLEVELAND -- Omar Vizquel's future with the Cleveland Indians remains unresolved.

The Gold Glove shortstop and his agent met with Indians general
manager Mark Shapiro for an hour on Monday to discuss whether
Vizquel will be with Cleveland next year.

"I wouldn't characterize it as optimistic," agent Adam Katz
said. "But the door isn't shut. Omar hasn't made it any secret
that he would like to be back."

The Indians are not going to exercise the $5 million option on
Vizquel's contract for next season and will pay him a $1 million
buyout instead.

The 37-year-old Vizquel made $6 million this season, and unless
the sides can work out a new deal, he will become a free agent next
month.

Shapiro, who presumably laid out the Indians' plans for Vizquel
during the meeting, was not available for comment. He will discuss
Vizquel's situation at his season-ending news conference on
Tuesday.

Last week, Vizquel said he would be willing to take a one-year
deal to remain in Cleveland, where he just finished his 11th
season. He batted .291 with seven homers and 59 RBIs. He also made
11 errors and could win his 10th Gold Glove.

If the Indians don't bring back Vizquel, Jhonny Peralta, the
International League's MVP this season, will be the starting
shortstop next season. If Vizquel returns, Peralta could be moved
to second base or fill a utility role.

Indians manager Eric Wedge would like Vizquel back for his glove
and leadership. But like Shapiro, Wedge says it can only happen at
the right price.

"It's part of the realities of this market. I want Omar back,
but I also understand the market we're in and the tough decisions
Mark has to make," Wedge said. "We can't have everything. We have
to take the money we can spend and make the best decisions we
can."

When the Indians cleared out their lockers on Monday, All-Star
catcher Victor Martinez said he was holding out hope that he would
see Vizquel, a fellow Venezuelan, next season.

"I didn't say goodbye to him," Martinez said, "because there
is still a good chance he can come back."