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Rangers “out” on Vladimir Guerrero after signing Adrian Beltre

Jan 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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Michael Young is expected to become Texas’ primary designated hitter after the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract to replace him at third base, so not surprisingly today general manager Jon Daniels said the team is “out” of the mix to re-sign Vladimir Guerrero.

Guerrero out-produced Young by a wide margin last season, topping his OPS by 67 points, but Guerrero is also two years older than Young, struggled mightily in the second half, and offers zero defensively versatility. And perhaps most importantly, Young is owed $16 million per season through 2013.

If the Rangers could simply trade Young and his contract they’d likely do so and perhaps make an effort to re-sign Guerrero, but in order to deal Young they’d have to eat a significant portion of the $48 million he’s still owed. At this point it seems likely that Guerrero will have to accept a one-year deal for less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2010, as his list of potential suitors is rapidly shrinking with the Angels reportedly out of the mix as well.

  1. spudchukar - Jan 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    With the Beltre acquisition the Rangers are now running with the Big Dogs, but Michael Young’s role is kinda puzzling. I thought the Rangers were happy with the advancements of Mitch Moreland. Why else dump Smoak and Davis? 48 mil is pretty pricey for a short, aging platoon 1B/DH.

    • angrycorgi - Jan 6, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      48 million isn’t a decision they are making, its one that was already made FOR them by the previous ownership. Mitch Moreland may stay at 1B. There has been no statement that I have read that suggests they will use Young at 1B. Likely a DH guy that can fill in at 3rd or 1st when guys have a day off. If they could trade him or send him somewhere for nothing in return, they probably would, just to get out from under the $$$$$$$$ they are stuck paying him.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Looks like a lean year for DH’ers. Not much demand right now for players like Vlad, Damon and Thome. You can scratch the Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, Oakland, Rangers and probably the Blue Jays and Seattle off the list of prospective buyers. Doesn’t leave many teams left looking for purely DH’s.

  3. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jan 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Hell, the Cardinals need another outfielder. A plattoon of Vlad, Rasmus, Holiday, and Berkman sounds great.

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