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Give in and take the O’s offer, Vlad. Seriously.

Feb 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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Buster Olney tweets:

The next 48 hours expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks. The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more.

The last reports had the O’s offering Guerrero $4-5 million.  Rather than passively showing a mere lack of interest, teams are actually announcing that they’re not interested in Vlad. I’m not exactly sure what Guerrero is expecting to get by waiting much longer, but if I’m the O’s I tell him that my offer goes down by $500K every twelve hours that it’s not accepted.

Maybe that’s too harsh, but the O’s could totally do that now if they wanted to.

  1. Adam - Feb 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    4-5 million plus the money the Rangers paid him to not play for them and he’s not doing too shabby.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 2, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Let the angels chew on this for a while:

    2010 Wells: .273/331/.515 – 31 HR, 88RBI .
    2010 Vlad: .300/.345/.496 – 29 HR 115RBI

    So are they paying the additional $84 million for Wells’ defense?

  3. Elwood Larf - Feb 2, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    The O’s should have a nice little lineup with or without Vlad. If the pitching holds up, this could be a surprise team this year. I definitely like them better than Kansas City, though that may not be true for long.

  4. Panda Claus - Feb 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Craig, you’re now sounding like an O’s fan now, suggesting ultimatums like reducing the offer incrementally if he doesn’t accept.

    First of all, issuing ultimatums doesn’t seem to be MacPhail’s way of doing things. Secondly, if you openly affront a player’s pride like that by slowly lowering the offer, that won’t likely work with a player like Guerrero.

    Remember, he told them to pound sand last time they tried to sign him back in 2004–and there was a lot more money being thrown around then. It certainly wouldn’t be that hard for him to kiss off Baltimore again.

    But otherwise, I agree he should suck it up and sign the contract.

  5. baseballstars - Feb 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    He should learn from Jermaine Dye.

  6. marshmallowsnake - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    So, the Orioles were the 8 million dollar mystery team….

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