Remember Luis Vizcaino from the 2005 World Series champion White Sox?
Probably not, because Vizcaino was proficient in his obscure role as middle reliever, going 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 65 appearances.
Here’s the general rule of thumb with relief pitchers _ if you ever hear about them, odds are they aren’t performing.
Take Mike MacDougal for example. The White Sox finally grew tired of his failure and cut the cord on Tuesday.
On Thursday, the Cubs did the same with Vizcaino, even though the 34-year-old veteran was unscored upon in 3 2/3 innings this season.
Vizcaino is making way too much money ($3.5 million) for the Sox to absorb, but expect them to put in a waiver claim and see what happens.
If all goes well, the White Sox and Cubs could work out a trade that includes plenty of cash going to the South Side.
MacDougal couldn’t get the job done out of the bullpen in the early going, and you have to wonder about his replacement _ minor-leaguer Jack Egbert _along with holdovers Clayton Richard and D.J. Carrasco.
Vizcaino is reliable, and that’s the No. 1 quality for a relief pitcher.