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Vlad "not happy" with $5 million offer

Jan 8, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

Depending on who you believe, the Rangers have offered Vald Guerrero either $5 million or $7 million.  According to T.R. Sullivan of, however, it doesn’t really matter as “one source said Guerrero wasn’t particularly happy with the Rangers offer.”

Let’s say it’s $5 million. That’s what Bobby Abreu got to be Vlad’s teammate in Anaheim last year coming off a way better season in 2008 than Guerrero is coming off of now.  Oh, and Abreu plays defense.

Hideki Matsui got $6 million, but he’s a better hitter at this point in his career than Vlad is, and he certainly represents the ceiling for DH signings this year. More on point is Jack Cust, who just got $2.5 million from the Athletics, and he too had a better 2009 than Guerrero. The Royals aren’t done yet so we can’t say this with 100% certainty, but I’m at least 99% sure that there is no free agent DH who is going to get more than $5 million between now and spring training.

So go ahead and be angry, Vlad. But then suck it up, take the deal, mash the hell out of the ball in the Ballpark at Arlington all summer and get paid more next year.  That’s how it works when your bat slows down and you can’t play defense anymore.

  1. Adam Adkins - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Craig’s solution is the correct one, but I have thoughts on Vlad’s anger:
    1) He KNOWS he’s better than his 2009 performance and is driven to prove them wrong.
    2) He knows he’s through, and hoped someone would pay him, say, more than $7 million anyway, off reputation.
    3) It’s just posturing.

  2. Moses Green - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    4) He’s just another overpaid big baby with ego problems and narcissistic personality disorder. Like a rich and talented Hop.
    And Craig, let’s not go overboard and say “Abreu plays defense.” He wears a glove and plays a position other than DH, that’s it. He’s more afraid of running into a wall than my 5 year-old niece.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Craig, you’re asking a lot of reasonableness from a guy who shares a first name with Dracula and whose surname means “warrior.”

  4. John - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Someone needs to teach Vlad and his agent the concept of BATNA (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement) and how it effects negotiations…

  5. Daniel - Jan 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    “Oh, and Abreu plays defense.”
    I laughed at this. How loosely are you using the term ‘defense’ in that sentence?

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