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UPDATE: Orioles not close to deal with Vladimir Guerrero

Jan 22, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

Vladimir Guerrero AP

UPDATE: Orioles president Andy MacPhail tells Steve Melewski of that Bowden’s report “is not accurate.” He’s not the first one to say that.

8:32 AM: According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, Vladimir Guerrero is close to signing a one-year contract with the Orioles. Bowden calls it a “humbling deal” and “one of the best free agent bargains,” so we’re going to assume he’s not getting two-year deal he wanted this offseason.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported on Thursday that the Orioles had the “inside track” on Guerrero, though the team’s interest was downplayed by Brittany Ghiroli of

Guerrero, who turns 36 next month, batted .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI for the Rangers last season, although he did stumble to a .748 OPS after the All-Star break and struggled miserably during the World Series.

The potential addition of Guerrero would complicate things in Baltimore, as Luke Scott would have to find some bats either in left field at the expense of Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold or at first base for the newly-signed Derrek Lee. For what it’s worth, Scott had a .902 OPS last season, so I’m not so sure he deserves to be the odd man out here.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Prior to the ridiculous Vernon Wells deal, the Angels probably made the most sense for Vlady. Maybe the Blue Jays swoop in with a one-year deal, but I feel like they’ve got enough parts to have a rotating DH situation up there. Maybe the Mariners get in on it, but then they’ve got to play Cust in the field every day. Personally, I’d still like to see the Twins swoop in and add him (despite the fact he’d be the third DH on the roster), the lack of right-handed punch in that lineup is very disconcerting.

    Tough offseason to be a hired gun who can’t play the field anymore.

    • missthemexpos - Jan 22, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      Time for the Blue Jays to swoop in. Alex Anthopoulos has been collecting former Expo’s in the last month. Vlad could join the likes of Chad Cordero, Jon Rauch, and Juan Rivera.

  2. Panda Claus - Jan 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Unless Baltimore suddenly trades some of those other pieces D.J. mentioned, and that IS at least remotely possible given their apparent desire for another starting pitcher, I just don’t see a Vladdy move making sense.

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