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Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Vladimir Guerrero AP

As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero.

Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million.

Baltimore understandably didn’t want to risk that for the slim chance he’d turn down arbitration and allow them to get a compensatory draft pick in return for his signing elsewhere.

They also declined to offer arbitration to Cesar Izturis, who earned $1.5 million while missing all but 18 games this year and will likely be looking for a bench job.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Seriously? The dude stole a base against the Red Sox in that final series of the year. He should get arbitration just for that alone. Let me repeat that- Vladimir Guerrero stole a freakin’ base!

  2. Old Gator - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Welcome to Macondo, Vlad. Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua just want you to know that if you bring them your best offer, they’ll take you on a tour of their magnificent new pinball machine disguised as a stadium. let you feed the goldfish in that huge aquarium, try to sell you a season ticket, go Dutch on a splendid dinner, lowball you by fifteen percent, and you’ll probably get stuck with the tip.

  3. randomdigits - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Unless it changed with the new CBA Vlad would not have been guaranteed the 8 million. Since he could be a free agent the O’s would not have restrictions on what they could offer and I think they could have won a case at around a 4-5 million price point.

    That being said I wouldn’t want him for 4 million either.

    Izturis should just call it a day and transition into coaching.

  4. Walk - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    A lot of base stealing is knowing how and when to run, not just speed. Vlad was a 30/30 player twice early in his career before bad knees slowed him. Knowing how and when though is still a huge part of being successful. But i get it because of his current speed i imagine it took everyone by surprise.

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Makes a good bench bat/DH for the Twins. He can be our new Jim Thome…or something?!

  6. spytdi - Nov 23, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Would have done the Rangers some good off the bench with a spot DH start.

  7. dowhatifeellike - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Vlad is great if you just need someone to not strike out. He can still make contact with any pitch, it’s just that it’s not quality contact like it used to be.

  8. theduuuuuuuuuude - Nov 24, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    I’d love to see him come back to the Halos as a DH. He was the most popular player on the Angels when he was here and there are still a lot of fans like myself that would welcome him back, just not as an outfielder.

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