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UPDATE: The Jays release Vlad Guerrero at his request

Jun 12, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

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UPDATE:  It’s all over. The Blue Jays have released Vlad Guerrero, at his request. He is a free agent.

12:00 PM: One reporter is saying that Vlad Guerrero is done, but Vlad’s agent is saying no way, nothing is further from the truth.  Perchance there is something in between here?  Enrique Rojas says there is: he has left the Jays’ Triple-A team in Las Vegas and has given the team an ultimatum:

After going 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs for Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, Guerrero gathered his belongings and went to his home in Anaheim, Calif.

“Guerrero is ready to play today in the big leagues,” a source close to the nine-time All-Star said.

So maybe he is done. Maybe he isn’t. Guerrero was eligible to opt-out of his minor league deal as of yesterday. He has taken the first step towards doing that, it seems. Whether it’s accomplished depends on how the Blue Jays respond.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    “play me or trade me”
    Goodbye Vlad.

    • paint771 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Yeah. Even if they were thinking of playing him, which they clearly were – whether it be tomorrow or next week – breaking camp, going home, and putting out ultimatums at this point wasn’t going to jibe with anybody. He sealed his own fate here, and fence-sitting on the Jays part was pretty well decided the second he left Vegas.

      I understand not wanting to get jerked around, but at this point in his career his attitude should have been “you need another week, I’ll just keep playing ball and prove it to you.” If he thinks he can do better than a very good shot at playing on a competitive club for $1.3 million, good luck to him. Would have liked to have seen him in Toronto, but with so many young prospects on this club hungry for any kind of shot, this is not a team that’s going to take crap from veteran prima donnas.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Vlad was 4 for 5 in his last game raising his Triple A batting average to .303 from .214. He had been flirting with the Mendoza line. One good game does not mean that you are ready for MLB. Las Vegas is hitter friendly. In that game Las Vegas had 17 hits and beat Tucson by 13 to 3.

      Adam Lind has a much stronger case to be recalled. He was 3 for 5 in that game with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Over 89 at bats in Vegas, Lind is hitting .416/.613/1.134. He has 5 HR’s and 23 RBI’s.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        “the ship is sinking”

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Well, with the likes of David Cooper and Yan Gomes blocking him at the MLB level, what chance does he have?

    I would think that Vlad, or a platoon of Vlad and Lind, would be an upgrade there.

  3. pisano - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Something tells me he doesn’t have a lot of leverage at this point. C-ya!

  4. heyblueyoustink - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Well, if he can still hit, and maybe play the outfield, or first base, or second, or third, or pitch middle relief, it seems the Phillies could use him.

  5. patridge21 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Yan Gomes, David Cooper, and Vlad Guerrero shouldn’t probably even be together in the same sentance let alone saying them too youngsters are BLOCKING Vladdy Daddy from helping the Jays win the east. I know Vlad is up there in age but he is one of those scrappy hitters that if healthy will help any team especailly an A.L team down the stretch. Activate Vlad or you might have to pitch to him later in Pinstripes!!!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Yankees have Ibanez and Jones with the big club, and the likes of Branyan and Cust in the minors. I think the Yankees are one team that has no use for Vlad.

      Red Sox maybe? They seem to be signing anyone who can fake the OF for a few games…

  6. myedayok - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Doubt he’ll be able to strongarm the Jays into playing him, but they must have had something in mind when they signed him to a minor league contract. Maybe a productions based promotion?

  7. randygnyc - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Sorry, but the current vlad isn’t talented enough to make the Yankees 25 man roster. Perhaps we have a spot for him in the minors, but on the MLB, lmfao.

  8. mf44srq - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    He’d look great as the RH Rays DH!

  9. sicklife1 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    If you want to play for free, come to the Mets. We have no money to offer you, but you can play any position in the big leagues you want except 3rd base. Tempting, no?

  10. blackhawk1938 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Would anyone feel comfortable pitching to him in a playoff game? Uh no. 4 for five in the minors? Vlad is a big leaguer. Period.

    • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      A guy who hits 214/233/286 in Las Vegas and can’t play defense is not a big leaguer. Period.

      • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        For what it’s worth, Dan Szymborski’s MLE-o-Matic translates that to 179/207/250 in Toronto, an OPS+ of 23. Anybody looking for a DH like that?

        It’s just a sad fact that even great careers, and Vlad Guerrero certainly had one, often end in an ugly fashion. Remember the good times, there were plenty of them.

      • jwbiii - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        Those numbers I cited did not include his big game. That took him all the way up to 303/314/424.

  11. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Vlad got a….triple? Just how painfully slow was the opposing team? It would take Vlad like 8 minutes to round 3 bases.

  12. randygnyc - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Jwbii said “It’s just a sad fact that even great careers, and Vlad Guerrero certainly had one, often end in an ugly fashion. Remember the good times, there were plenty of them”

    And that’s it, in a nutshell. The fat lady has sung. Maintain your dignity and walk away. Don’t diminish your cooperstown chances.

  13. packerpride03 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Which hat is he gunna wear in the hall?

  14. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I know he terrorized the phillies as an expo

  15. timpaz - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Phillies, Ruben Amaro Jr. you need a bat, give him a shot.

  16. suicidesqueeze91361 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    All you people talking smack about Vladdy are lost.

    Here’s a guy who, if he get’s an opportunity, may make the 500 home run club.

    He has proven himself at the MLB level for YEARS. He is wasting his precious time in the minors. He did the right thing.

    For those of you who don’t understand that, or want to talk him down, I would suggest you go back to your video games. Vlad is ready to rock again and I wish they my Dodgers would pick hm up and play him at first as they could use his MINOR LEAGUE bat in their line-up.

    NO ONE in the history of the game has ever been more able to hit a pitch ranging from shoestring to eyebrow level than this guy. Good luck getting back to the show Vladdy.

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