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Rangers still hoping to bring back Vladimir Guerrero

Nov 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an update this morning on free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.

The nuts and bolts?  The Rangers want Vlad to return, but they can’t commit a multi-million dollar contract to him until they know how they stand in the running for free agent left-hander Cliff Lee.

Guerrero batted .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI in 152 games this past season for Texas, helping the club to its first World Series appearance.  In a market thin on power hitters he should draw some interest, but the 35-year-old has lost the ability to play the outfield and probably won’t want to sign with a non-contender in the twilight years of his baseball career.

The Rangers really are an ideal fit.  Guerrero has stellar career numbers inside the Ballpark at Arlington and he was asked to play the field only a handful of times in 2010.  He can stay healthy, and the Rangers can benefit off a bat that still packs a punch.  Now if only that Lee guy would hurry up and sign.

  1. shawon0meter - Nov 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    This is definitely a small risk worth taking for the Cubs! Best case scenario, he surprises everyone. Worst case scenario, we’re still a non-playoff team that spends too much money for the return.

    • jgreiner9 - Nov 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

      that would be a huge risk to take if the cubs went out and got him, he cant play the field remember? watching him play out there in the world series that was pretty obvious. unless the cubs are moving over to the american league so he can DH, i dont realistically see this happening.

      • tomemos - Nov 28, 2010 at 1:42 PM

        Yeah, I don’t think he’s going to be worth it as a Matt Stairs-type player off the bench.

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