So much for the protestations that the Orioles absolutely, positively couldn't match the alleged mystery team offer of $8 million for Vladimir Guerrero, because it appears they have done just that.
Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports via Twitter that Guerrero and the O's have agreed to an $8 million deal. That's much higher than expected considering reports the Orioles didn't have the flexibility to go above about $4.5 million and there didn't appear to be other options for Guerrero. If he is indeed getting an $8 million base (that number could include incentives), it would make him the third-highest paid Oriole next season behind Nick Markakis ($10.25 million) and Brian Roberts ($10 million).
Guerrero, 35, had a .300/.345/.496 line with the Rangers last season, with 29 home runs and 115 RBI. He should be a nice fit at Camden Yards, where in 32 career starts he has a .333/.400/.611 line with nine homers. To make room for Guerrero at DH, Luke Scott will presumably move to left field, leaving Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold to battle for the fourth outfield spot.
UPDATE: Several other outlets have confirmed the deal. It's awaiting a physical, and likely won't be official until next week.
-- David Andriesen