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UPDATE: Orioles sign Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year, $8 million contract

Feb 4, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of hears that a significant portion of Guerrero’s $8 million salary is deferred.

6:59 PM: Buster Olney of confirms his colleague’s initial report. It’s one-year, $8 million, pending a physical.

Interestingly, as Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun notes, the O’s payroll now sits at approximately $93 million, approximately $20 million more than last season.

You can’t say the Orioles aren’t trying to win, but unless their young pitchers take a huge leap forward this season, it’s hard to imagine them being a contender.

6:32 PM: Ken Rosenthal of and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun have both confirmed the signing, though they haven’t provided the exact terms of the deal.

6:08 PM: Well, it looks like Vlad won this staring contest.

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Orioles have signed Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year, $8 million contract.

I’m curious to find out whether this figure includes potential incentives, but if not, this would mean that the Orioles ultimately bought Guerrero’s pitch that he had another $8 million offer on the table.

Guerrero is projected to be the regular designated hitter for the Orioles, moving Luke Scott to left field and Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie to the bench. The team’s defense will likely take a hit because of it, but their lineup now stacks up pretty well with the rest of the American League East.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Never thought he would be able to squeeze that much out of the Orioles. Good for him.

  2. spudchukar - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    I don’t want to be the told you so kinda blogger, but I told you he’d get his money.

  3. jetersusedjersey - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    He should hit well for the O-birds but his knees are one year crankier. It’s a risky signing but could help the younger guys around him. If he can get 500 abs I see a 275-20-80 line.

    • spudchukar - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:59 PM

      In that bandbox, I’ll bet the 20 is closer to 30 if he gets 550 PA’s.

  4. proudlycanadian - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    They will still finish 5th in the AL East.

    • Panda Claus - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      I’m more likely to believe they’ll have the fifth best record in the AL. Yeah, I’m drinking the orange kool-aid and it’s been aging in the cellar for the past 13 years.

      Concerns me they’d have to defer salary. Their TV outlet seems to make them good enough money.

      I wonder if the $93M counts their two remaining arbitration players? (I haven’t checked yet).

      • randomdigits - Feb 4, 2011 at 8:02 PM

        I would think the defered money was a compramise with Vlad, he gets his 8 million figure to salve his pride the O’s get a deal with a lower actual worth.

        As for MASN the O’s don’t own it, PA owns it. Any money made by MASN in excess of what is paid to the O’s/Nats go into his pockets, not the team’s.

  5. billybeaneismyhero - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Wow, the Orioles are suckers. They really feel for that mystery team BS. Amazing. Oh, and by the way, he’s making as much as Manny and Damon combined. Advantage Rays.

    • Panda Claus - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      Playing in a real stadium vs. playing in an upside down toilet? Advantage O’s.

      • billybeaneismyhero - Feb 5, 2011 at 8:33 AM

        No doubt. Camden Yards is awesome, but sadly O’s fans don’t like to show up.

      • Panda Claus - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

        No guarantees, but finally there’s reason to hope the fans will outnumber the empty seats.

  6. tbdevilrayfan - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Hard to believe the O’s caved so quickly. Just a couple days ago the were moving off $3 million…. Now they go to $8 million??
    Who could they possibly be bidding against?
    Good for Vlad…..I guess good for the O fans too.

  7. bigtrav425 - Feb 4, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    It alright he wont be a Oriole very long.Someone will get a injury and he will be traded for a prospect or 2 before the deadline

  8. golfjackal - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    The guy is washed up. The O’s grossly overpaid. Vlad should be wearing a mask when collects his pay…he’s totally robbing them.

    • crashdog - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:19 AM

      Yeah that .300-29-115 line he put last year def. shows he is washed right? As a Rays fan, I don’t like this. A lineup that looks like Roberts-Markakis-Guerrero-Reynolds-Lee-Jones-Scott-Weiters as your top 8? This is a steal for the O’s, and insures that the middle of the lineup is secure if someone gets injured or falters. Problem is for the 6 runs they score a night, that staff will give up 7.

      • danwhitmer - Feb 5, 2011 at 6:03 PM

        Do not sleep on the O’s rotation. They were among tops in the AL in ERA in the second half of the year. They were also among the tops in “quality starts” in the second half as well. They have a ton of promise in the young guys they have and 4 of the 5 starters they will be sending out there this year are from the farm system with more good arms waiting in the wings. I am not saying they will be the best rotation in baseball but top 10 would not be out of the question if these young arms have good seasons and hold up ( they held up last year )

    • danwhitmer - Feb 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      You have to realise something, the O’s are not paying for players right now to win. They are paying to bring players in to get above .500. this in turn will make it a little more inticeing to come to Baltimore and play when it comes to the big names. The last “big name” they signed was Albert Bell and that was a disaster. They need to become respectable again, then they can focus on playoffs!

      • randomdigits - Feb 5, 2011 at 7:48 PM

        Pretty sure Tejada counted as a big name the first time he signed with the O’s.

      • danwhitmer - Feb 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM

        You are right Tejada was a “bigger name” But what I am talking about is someone who they will break the bank with as they were attempting to do with Mark Teixeira. I should have clearified that better!

  9. Old Gator - Feb 5, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    Anything that pushes that drooling imbecile Scott into the outfield and away from the children is worth the investment.

    • jetersusedjersey - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      Scott gives rednecks a bad name. I will still continuen to bang hot redneck women but he gives that whole “nation” a brand new stupid feel.

    • spudchukar - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      Next move for Scott, a trade to Texas where he can feel at home with those Bible-thumping Secessionists.

    • mtner77 - Feb 5, 2011 at 4:40 PM

      Ditto! What he said.

      How dare! that “drooling imbecile” have an un-liberal (or un-Obama) thought. But let us show compassion. He should simply be sent to re-education camp; immediately after his tar and feathering.

      Never let a chance to interject socialist politics into a post about the Orioles’ signing a DH get away from you.

      Stay classy NBC posters.


  10. rmalmstrom - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    $93 million? Jeebus. 😐

  11. danwhitmer - Feb 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    I am so sick of the Anti-christian idiots on here. I love how people who claim they do not believe in the bible are the first ones to jump up and throw your opinions out there. But when anyone who does believe the bible says something then they are ” shoving it down your throat ” People who complain about the bible shove there beliefs in peoples faces ALOT more than people who do believe in the bible. Oh and god forbid someone speak out against Obama. It is sad that in a day and age we live in that people can bash God, talk about either side of the political party as if they were not human, say the most hurtful things they can think of about politicians families, but a baseball player says he does not like the president and thinks he is doing a bad job ( which over 50% of americans feel the same way ) then a baseball team has to put out an official statement that to say they were not affiliated with the remarks? That is sad !!!! Freedom of speech in the eyes of liberals only suits them if it is not something negative about them!

  12. joeblowski - Feb 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    i think the dude was criticizing religious texans–you know, the torture-loving warmongers who call themselves followers of the prince of peace? what, you mean jesus doesn’t tell us to love our family? he comes not to bring family members together ‘as a sword’ to tear them apart? you must hate your family? the previous poster is talking about the blasphemers, racist murders and rapists who so loudly tell everyone who christian they are. that they are the enemies of God.

    oh, and i know that since you’re used to having everything given to you it must seem that someone criticizing what you like means that are going to take it away from you. but that, buddy, is free speech. people are allowed to think differently that you, and it is not a crime against you. i have never met a conservative who wasn’t given everything.

    ditto on the made up ‘more than 50% of Americans do. again, if you are used to having everything handed to you. whatever you feel like must be true.

    also, vlad had a pretty impressive year last year. the economic of baseball is weird to people like you and me.

    • danwhitmer - Feb 12, 2011 at 9:24 PM

      “i have never met a conservative who wasn’t given everything.”

      You must now know many conservative than…..

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