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Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Vladimir Guerrero

The Blue Jays have signed previously retired outfielder/DH Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Rosenthal notes that Guerrero will start out in extended spring training and then make $1.3 million pro-rated to his time on the major-league roster.

The 37-year-old Guerrero is coming off a season in which he hit .290/.317/.416 for the Orioles. While he's of little use in the field these days and doesn't profile as a regular, the future Hall-of-Famer should still be able to thump lefties in limited duty.

As for where he'll fit in on the Toronto roster, that's a little hard to figure, mostly because Edwin Encarnacion is faring quite well as the right-handed-hitting primary DH. Guerrero could perhaps see some platoon duty in left with Eric Thames, but, again, his defense these days is problematic.

If nothing else, though, the Guerrero signing gives the Jays options and the brand-building appeal of a player who was pretty darn popular during his Canada days.

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