Tag:Vladimir Guerrero
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:29 pm

O's and Guerrero dancing around the inevitable

Vladimir Guerrero Can Vladimir Guerrero just go ahead and sign with someone so that we can get it over with? He's the last DH to sign and the Orioles are the only real team with interest in the aging slugger.

Anyway, the latest is from Buster Olney of ESPN who tweets : "O's have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more." He also said the next 48 hours will be vital. Could that be a threat from the Orioles to pull their offer and go ahead with Luke Scott back at DH at Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold in the outfield? Scott was good last year as a DH, so the Orioles' decision with Guerrero depends more on their comfort with Pie and Reimold.

Guerrero's choice is pretty much down to the Orioles, who have been offering a reported $3-5 million one-year contract. The Tigers' Dave Dombrowski may speak for the rest of the American League, when told the Detroit News yesterday : "There's not a fit for us. We're not involved with that at all and haven't been."

The only other team with a real opening for a full-time DH could be the Royals, but it's not as if they're going to be handing out big money or multi-year deals. The Blue Jays could return Guerrero to Canada, but they appear to be set with Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind at DH and just got one big-money player off the books and are unlikely looking to add another.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 8:39 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 8:42 pm

Guerrero has $8M offer? Really?

Vladimir Guerrero OK, I'm calling shenanigans on Vladimir Guerrero. I know, I know, calling shenanigans is not something to be taken lightly. But the unemployed designated hitter's story is not adding up.

The Orioles appear to be the only viable option for Guerrero's services at this point, and have reportedly made him an offer of somewhere just north of $3 million (plus incentives), which he reportedly thought was insulting. Today Buster Olney of ESPN reported via Twitter that Guerrero's camp is telling the Orioles the slugger has an offer on the table for $8 million. This raises several questions.

1) From whom? Who is left with a hole or an obvious upgrade need at DH who has that kind of money available? Maybe the Blue Jays are looking to spend some of their Vernon Wells money? The Angels want to have someone to share duties with Bobby Abreu? Other than that, AL teams are pretty much set and/or broke.

2) If this is true, why is Fern Cuza, Guerrero's agent, even going back to talk to the Orioles? Baltimore is clearly never going to be able to match that (Olney hears the O's can't go higher than $4.5 million, and that's including incentives). And it's not like Baltimore offers more of a chance to win this year than someone else. If he has an $8 million offer, why isn't he racing to sign it?

3) How dumb does Cuza think the Orioles are? Seriously, does he think Andy MacPhail is some rube who just fell off the GM truck? This just seems like disingenuous negotiating, which is not going to set a good tone.

The bottom line is, Guerrero and Cuza screwed up, overplaying their hand in an offseason in which there were more DH candidates than jobs. Now this game of musical chairs is winding down, the music has stopped and Guerrero is left alone with an ugly chair.

But that's no reason to start pulling shenanigans.

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  -- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 5:38 pm

Vladimir Guerrero drops asking price

GuerreroVladimir Guerrero is still on the market and saw the Rangers move on from their attempts to secure him by acquiring Mike Napoli from Toronto. 

That was a mistake, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports Texas had offered Guerrero more than $8 million on a one-year deal several weeks ago. But Guerrero has long demanded two years and $16 million. That's now changed, and his demands are down to one year and $8 million as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reveals. Sounds like Vlad may have called Texas' bluff and failed.

Except he might still be calling a bluff -- and no team will bite at $8 million.

The market for DHs has been unsurprisingly slow again this season, and Boston might be kicking itself for picking up David Ortiz's $12.5 million option. Consider the other DHs that have signed deals this offseason:

And that's it. There are others who have signed deals that expect to DH -- such as Adam Dunn and Victor Martinez -- but Dunn will play a good amount of first base while Martinez will also catch and play first. Johnny Damon, who DHed primarily for the Tigers last season, will play left in Tampa.
But for those who are limited to just one position -- DH -- the pickings are slim, and Guerrero will be hard-pressed to find a team willing to fork over $8 million.
That doesn't mean there aren't teams interested, though.

"We’ve had some conversations, but there is nothing on the horizon," Orioles GM Andy MacPhail told the Baltimore Sun. The O's currently have Luke Scott slotted in at DH with Nolan Reimold battling Felix Pie for playing time in left. Vlad would push Scott to left and deepen the lineup, but at what cost to the development of Reimold and Pie?

The Blue Jays are one team who could use Guerrero, although GM Alex Anthopoulos has refused to speculate on Guerrero. The Jays could stand to add one more hitter but signing Guerrero would close off DH for Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Rivera and Adam Lind.

The Angels, Guerrero's former stomping grounds, could also be interested although L.A. is -- and should be -- more interested in acquiring a center fielder to push Bobby Abreu to DH.

And unless Guerrero wants to go try to have the Royals avoid 100 losses, there aren't any other options for Guerrero. He simply overplayed his hand with high demands and is still asking for more dollars than comparable DHs have signed for. If he's not careful, he might end up playing golf with Jermaine Dye.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: January 22, 2011 9:47 am

Guerrero bound for Baltimore?

Vladimir Guerrero Could Vladimir Guerrero be close to joining the Orioles?

That's what former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden tweets . Bowden, now working for Sirius XM, says Guerrero is "getting close to accepting humbling deal w O's."

The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly is all for it , writing the Orioles are now in a position to go get Guerrero for $5-$6 million, as the music has come close to stopping on the designate hitter version of musical chairs.

The Rays reportedly landed two DHs on Friday, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, while the Jays added offense in Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli.

The likely suitors appear to be down to the Angels, Rangers and Orioles. The Rangers didn't pick up his option, while the Angles didn't re-sign him after 2009.

Connolly notes the Orioles could move Luke Scott to left field, which would make Felix Pie the fourth outfielder and send Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, something the team could consider anyway.

UPDATE: That's why there was a question mark on the headline (I'm never quite sure what to do with reports from Leatherpants) -- the Orioles' Andy MacPhail denied the Bowden report in an e-mail to MASN.com's Steve Melewski . "Report is not accurate," MacPhail said in the e-mail. Of course, it could just be a differing of opinion on what constitutes "close" or it could be that the Orioles haven't talked to Guerrero.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:33 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 12:17 pm

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

DamonThe Rays are nearing an agreement with Johnny Damon, confirms Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

While there is "some work to be done," it appears as if Damon will eventually sign a deal with Tampa Bay. He should help replace the leadership void left in the clubhouse and should act as the primary DH although the two-time World Series champion will also likely see some action out of left field.

Damon hit .271/.355/.401 for the Tigers in 2010 over 613 at-bats. While his home runs plummeted to eight from 24, he showed he still had enough in the tank to help a club, adding 36 doubles.

Another DH is also nearing a deal with Manny Ramirez set to find a new team by the beginning of next week, reports ESPN. The Angels, Rangers and Rays have been the most aggressive for Ramirez's services and the losing teams could turn to Vladimir Guerrero.

A source told ESPN that Ramirez is not concerned about money, but rather wants to get playing time and prove that last season's .298/.408/.460 line in 320 plate appearances is an aberration and he can do better.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 8:18 pm

DH market still crowded

Vladimir Guerrero If there's a surplus of one position on the free agent market, it may be the designated hitter spot.

Jim Thome, one of last season's bargain pickups, is still unsigned, as are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. And then there's the not-retired Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Russell Branyan, Jose Guillen and Hank Blalock.

So far this offseason, the Red Sox exercised their option on David Ortiz, the Yankees have said they'll move Jorge Posada out from behind the plate, as will the Tigers with newly-signed Victor Martinez. Adam Dunn will be a first-time designated hitter with the White Sox.

As for teams with needs, that includes the team Thome DH'd for last season, the Twins, who would like him back. Of course, after putting up the year he did, he feels like he deserves a raise -- especially with his 600th career home run likely coming this season. The Rays, Angels and Rangers also have obvious needs, while the Orioles, Royals and Blue Jays could upgrade at the spot or stay put.

As it stands, here how the current AL DHs line up:
Orioles -- Luke Scott
Red Sox -- David Ortiz
Yankees -- Jorge Posada
Blue Jays -- Edwin Encarnacion
Rays -- Matt Joyce
White Sox -- Adam Dunn
Indians -- Travis Hafner
Tigers -- Victor Martinez
Royals -- Billy Butler
Twins -- Jason Kubel
Angels -- Mike Napoli
A's -- Hideki Matsui
Mariners -- Jack Cust
Rangers -- David Murphy

And here's who is left on the market (2010 AVG/OBP/SLG HR, RBI)
Jim Thome .283/.412/.627 25, 59
Vladimir Guerrero .300/.345/.496 29, 115
Manny Ramirez .298/.409/.510 16, 42
Johnny Damon .271/.355/.401 8, 51
Russell Branyan .237/.323/.487 25, 57
Jason Giambi .244/.378/.398 6, 35
Andruw Jones .230/.341/.486 19, 48
Hank Blalock .254/.319/.349 1, 7
Jose Guillen .258/.314/.416 16, 62
Jeremy Hermida .216/.268/351 6, 29
Troy Glaus .240/.344/.400 16, 71
Mike Sweeney .252/.321/.444 8, 26
Jorge Cantu .256/.304/.392 11, 56
Jermaine Dye (2009) .250/.340/.453 27, 81

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:55 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 11:14 am

Report: Rangers after Beltre

Adrian Beltre It seemed odd that the Rangers would be shopping franchise stalwart Michael Young, as reported this afternoon. But now we see the other part of their plan.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has heard from several sources that the Rangers are clearing a spot at third base because they are trying to sign free agent Adrian Beltre to a long-term deal. Evan Brunell of Facts and Rumors suggested that very thing earlier in the day, but his idea was to have Young move across and settle the Rangers' revolving-door problem at first base.

However, Young has three more years left on his contract at $16 million per, and if the Rangers add Beltre, that would make for one expensive infield. They are talking with the Rockies about taking Young, and would likely have to pick up some of the salary, but moving him would clear some money off the books.

The question is, does a dalliance with Beltre signal that the Rangers are prepared to lose out on Cliff Lee? Beltre reportedly is asking for five years at $85 million, and it's tough to see Texas, which was 27th in payroll last season, doing both. That's not to mention the looming issue of designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE : The Rangers have told Michael Young he is staying put, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes. So much for that.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:21 pm

Vlad would take less to stay in Texas

Vladimir Guerrero
Sources tell T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that free-agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero wants a three-year deal, but he'd be willing to settle for a two-year contract to return to the Rangers.

Guerrero had an All-Star season in Texas, batting .300 with 115 RBI and 29 homers after signing a one-year deal with a base salary of $5.5 million. The Rangers would like to do another one-year deal, but Guerrero figures his big season for the American League champions should buy him a multi-year deal. A two-year agreement could be the perfect compromise.

"We're still talking," general manager Jon Daniels said. "One of our primary needs is a designated hitter, and Vlad is certainly on that list."

-- David Andriesen

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