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Vlad Guerrero’s options are running out

Jan 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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Buster Olney tweeted today that the Orioles are only willing to sign Vladimir Guerrero if he “puts himself on a platter.”  In that, Olney is thinking a one-year, $2 million contract. This in contrast to the reported $8 millon a year that Guerrero was reportedly seeking earlier this offseason.

And really, the Orioles have the leverage here.  While their potential left field bats aren’t stellar, they’re almost certainly willing to leave Luke Scott at the DH slot and go with Felix Pie or whoever rather than pay Vlad a bunch of dough and shift Scott.  He’d be nice to have, sure, but he’s not essential. And he certainly won’t push the Orioles into playoff contention or anything.

Meanwhile, there really aren’t any other teams in need of a DH.  Some have suggested that Guerrero could go back to Anaheim.  Otherwise, though, everyone is more or less set, are they not?

I’d say that you should get used to low dollars in 2011, Vlad.

UPDATE:  Rosenthal says the Orioles have made an offer to Guerrero. He thinks it could be in the $3-5 million range.  Seems high given that he agrees with me that there really is nowhere else for Guerrero to go.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    I would rather have Vlad for 3 to 5 than Ortiz for 12.

    Especially in that lefty-heavy lineup.

  2. BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Vlad’s agent sucks. The Rays got Manny for what, 2.5 mil? Cripe, the guy could have gotten at least 4 from them for a year. And he actually PRODUCED last year.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that he believes the Orioles have made an offer to Vlad and it’s in the $3 to $5M range.

  4. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Angels make sense if they want to keep Wells in CF and Abreu in LF.

    Mariners make sense depending on Jack Cust/Milton Bradley work out in spring training.

    Twins made LOTS of sense before they signed ANOTHER lefty DH in Thome.

    Oakland could maybe pull into the mix and work some sort of platoon with Matsui at DH, but Vlady wants to be a full-timer, so that’s out.

    Toronto could get into the mix, but they’ve got more than enough good bat/no glove guys floating to fill the DH spot all year long.

    Detroit could get serious and make the most of V-Mart by making him their everyday catcher and bring in Vlady as the DH, but with Magglio and some of the other older, more fragile guys around, they should keep the DH rotation alive.

    That really leaves Baltimore and Kansas City. KC should–in theory–give the DH role to Billy Butler full-time, so unless they wanna leave him at 1B and keep Kila Ka’aihue on the bench or in the minors some more.

    I guess it’s Baltimore or bust and even they don’t make a lot of sense given the options they could run out there in LF if they leave Scott at DH.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    The Feesh would sign Vlad as a DH if Scrooge McLoria could discount his contract by 50% for the lack of time in the field.

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