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Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 6:45 pm
 
Vladimir Guerrero
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

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Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

This would be a much bigger deal if the Orioles played in the NL West.


No NL team would touch Vlad as he can't play in the field.

The intelligent baseball fan...where art thou?



Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

You underestimate the O's young prospects. Look at the bullpen and there is no way we give up 11 runs a game. I beleive the O's go over the hump this year. Could be a 08 Tampa rays team if teh starting pitching stays healthy. We have depth.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

Good sign O's.  Their lineup should do some damage this year.  Watch out AL East were coming back



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

This would be a much bigger deal if the Orioles played in the NL West. Two major problems...the Orioles still play in the AL East, and none of their boppers they signed this season also happen to be pitchers. Vladdy, Reynolds, D Lee and Hardy are all upgrades from who they are replacing.

This ensemble reminds me of the Yankees between '04 and '08, or the Rangers in the early 2000's. They might score 10 runs a game but they will give up 11. The lineup is pretty solid top to bottom, with a good mix of experience, youth, speed and power. However, the staff is young and guys like Bergesen, Tillman, Matusz, etc. are still 2-3 years away from being legit AL East options.

But still, if Vlad can replicate his 2010 numbers or pretty close to it, Andy McPhail should be congratulated. It's a good signing, just not anything that will keep the O's out of the cellar in baseball's toughest division. I hope the group led by Cal Ripken Jr. can buy the team and fix this mess Angelos has created. I'm a diehard Sawx fan, but I've been to Camden Yards plenty of times, it's a sweet park, the Orioles have some history and those fans deserve a better product.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

Who's Guerrero's agent ?  The guy must be incredible to get double what Vladdy's worth- even for a 1-year deal !



Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

I also have this strange feeling the Duscherer signing is going to be a steal.



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:12 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

You fail to see how this improves the Os lineup and obviously don't follow the team and their crop of rising pitching prospects that pitched the team to the 2nd best record in the 2nd half of the season.  That was with almost no offensive support.  Add Vlad, Lee, Hardy, Reynolds and improved protection on the rest of the lineup and this team is going to score runs.  If the pitching continues as last year they will be a force.  If it doesn't then you flip vlad and maybe others to a contender mid year for prospects.  At worst if he has another good year you offer arbitration and if he leaves you have draft picks.  If he doesn't have a good year, then he's cut like atkins last year and the Os are only out money, not prospects.  Same with Lee, if he bounces back, our offense is better and we can flip at deadline or offer arbitration.  Who has a better DH in the AL east?  Ortiz? (arguably about the same), Posada (not close), Encarcion (not in conversation), and Manny (washed up). 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

Classic Lowly O`s move spend $8,000,000 on the aging DH who could breal down at any time.  Also while the team already has Luke Scott who`s not a real good OF.  Then spend $700,000 on Starting Pitching Duchsherer who is a major health risk.  Go back to the drawing board in 2012 and try spending $870,000,000 on pitching.  Stupid move McFailure!



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

I think an $8 million base would be to much, but if they got him for around $5 million and the other $3 million was just incentives I think that's reasonable. I hope he does good, I love to watch him bat, when he's hot.



Since: Aug 4, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

Agree with Bmore..Seems like an odd way to spend available money. Not sure if there was another "real" suitor for Vlad's services, but they didn't play hardball. Now Scott and Reimold fight for ABs and a roster spot.


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