On this day seven years ago, the Angels signed Vladimir Guerrero to a five-year contract worth $90MM. The deal also included an option for a sixth year at $15MM, which was eventually picked up. Vlad hit .337/.391/.598 with 39 homers in his first year with the Halos, taking home the AL MVP award. During his six year stint in Anaheim, Guerrero was a .319/.381/.546 hitter with 173 homers, winning that one MVP and finishing in the top three of the voting two other times.
Vlad is still looking for a job this offseason, but then again so are plenty of other DH's. Here is this week's batch of links…
- Friarhood remembers Trevor Hoffman's time with the Padres.
- RE-Think The Game looks at the pros and cons of the Rafael Soriano signing.
- Baseball Time In Arlington looks at the Rangers' payroll levels in the past and going forward.
- The Process Report pictures a contract extension for David Price.
- Wahoo Blues breaks down Chris Perez's arbitration case.
- FanSpeak wonders if the Orioles should sign a DH.
- Dock of the Rays looks at how Tampa can spend some of its remaining money on the open market.
- The Sports Banter put together some productive free agent platoons.
- The Nats Blog wonders if the Nationals should flip Ian Desmond with Danny Espinosa defensively.
- Rooftop View explains why the Matt Garza deal is no good for the Cubs.
- Meanwhile, the composite believes the Garza deal helps the Yankees.
- Cubs Billy Goat Blog tries to predict the Cubs' future.
- Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan is curious to know where the Athletics' infield depth is.
- Rays Prospects chatted with Baseball America's Jim Callis about Tampa's minor league system.
- Reds Minor Leagues put a dollar value on each team's farm system.
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