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Vladimir Guerrero and Rangers facing interesting decision on $9 million option for 2011

Sep 13, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

Vladimir Guerrero had a great first half, hitting .319/.364/.554 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in 83 games to make the All-Star team for the first time since 2007, but then hit just .249/.293/.370 through his first 45 games of the second half.
That dropped his OPS from .925 to .826, but Guerrero has rediscovered his stroke. He had two hits yesterday and is now 15-for-30 (.500) with six extra-base hits in his last seven games. His overall line for the season is back up to .305/.348/.503, which is good for the 15th-best OPS in the league, and he’s driven in 100 runs for the 10th time.
Guerrero has been an excellent pickup for the Rangers on a one-year, $5.5 million deal, but as Todd Wills of MLB.com writes they’ll facing an interesting decision on whether or not to bring him back for 2011. Texas would no doubt love to have Guerrero back, but his contract has a $9 million mutual option or $1 million buyout.
It’s possible that Guerrero will decline his half of the option and hit the open market in search of a multi-year deal, and even if he wants to stick around it’s also possible that the Rangers may not want to invest that much in a 36-year-old designated hitter with a .423 slugging percentage in the second half. His situation is not totally unlike Jim Thome’s in Minnesota, although Thome has done his mashing for just $1.5 million.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    I love watching this guy hit. Texas can really use him if they can afford to keep him. I don’t think too many DH’s will be begging for work next season like we saw this season.

  2. APBA Guy - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    This seems like a non-tender then renegotiate situation, after Vlad fails to get the multi-year deal he’ll initially seek. He’s a good fit for the Rangers, and they can use Hamilton at DH once in a while when Vlad is hurting.

  3. RichardInBigD - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    They can also use Vlad in the field when Hambone is hurting. He’s proved himself to be more than adequate in the pasture.

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