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UPDATE: Orioles aren’t willing to budge from current offer for Vladimir Guerrero

Jan 29, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

Vladimir Guerrero AP

UPDATE: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Orioles want Vladimir Guerrero, but only on their terms. He reports the total worth of the O’s offer is somewhere around $4.5-5 million. I would assume that includes a lower base salary with some incentives.

7:15 PM, Friday: Well, this act is getting old. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, the Orioles are “not close” to a contract with Guerrero. A source tells her they’d be “shocked” if there’s an announcement for tomorrow’s annual FanFest event.

The funny part is that Olney writes that the O’s are being told Guerrero currently has an $8 million offer, including incentives. Who knows if the offer is even legitimate, but I’m going to guess that over 60 percent of the money is incentive-based.

I’m not sure Vlad has many real options left, so wake me when it’s over.

6:38 PM, Friday: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Vladimir Guerrero is “making progress” in his talks with the Orioles.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that Guerrero was “not excited” about his offer from the Orioles, which he reported was somewhere around $2 million. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com later suggested that it was somewhere in the low-end of the $3-5 million range, but added that the Orioles weren’t going to increase their offer.

The Orioles should have the upper hand in negotiations, given the lack of options for Guerrero at this point, but perhaps they are willing to add more in performance-based incentives to make it worth his while.

Guerrero, who turns 36 in February, would become the regular designated hitter for the Orioles, pushing Luke Scott to left field. The Orioles have been looking for another starting pitcher all offseason, so they could presumably dangle either Felix Pie or Nolan Reimold as a trade chip.

  1. purnellmeagrejr - Jan 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    “pushing Luke Scott to left field. ” Appropriate.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Vlad’s really running out of other options. I think if he really intends on playing this coming season he better take the Orioles offer. Hopefully the above mentioned offer is for at least $3M guaranteed and the rest incentives. Vlad deserves that much.

  3. darthbryan - Jan 29, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    This is typical of the “Orioles Way”. Low-ball a big name player so that he eventually turns it down, and then the O’s brass can say “well we tried”. Signing a guy like Guerrero would put us over the top in buzz around the league, but whether we sign him or not it shows yet again how this club is NOT committed to doing what it takes to win.

    • randomdigits - Jan 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

      The Redskins lead the NFL in offseason buzz every season, how is that working out for them? Vlad isn’t going to be the difference between the O’s making the playoffs or not next season and signing him could have long term negative ramifications (two examples off the top of my head, make Scott more expensive in arbitration next season and retard Reimold’s growth).

  4. deathtoallpoets - Jan 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I really don’t think this deal makes or breaks the Orioles. Vlad’s getting older, I just don’t see him being the big deal to put the Orioles in a better postion for a run at the playoffs. They have more important needs to address, rather than an aging DH, who can still swing the bat better than most mind you.

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