Orioles, Guerrero Continue Talks

The Orioles have spoken to Vladimir Guerrero’s agent this week, but the sides aren’t close to a deal, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail acknowledged the team’s interest in the slugger.

"We’ve had some conversations, but there is nothing on the horizon,” MacPhail said.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Guerrero was asking for $16MM earlier in the winter. He's just asking for a one-year deal now, but $8MM is likely more than Baltimore can afford (Twitter link).

Now that the Rangers have acquired Mike Napoli and the Rays have agreed to deals with Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, the market for Guerrero is diminishing. The Blue Jays are one potential alternative to the Orioles, but GM Alex Anthopoulos declined to comment on his club’s interest yesterday.

 


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23 Comments on "Orioles, Guerrero Continue Talks"


4 years 7 months ago

Re: the Jays and Guerrero – AA said he never showed interest in Manny because he didn’t want a DH that couldn’t also play first base, so I would think that rules out Vlad. He’s also said that he’s promised Encarnacion full-time at bats, so that takes up the DH spot if true.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

He said this morning on the fan that he believes that EE is a 30 HR hitter if he stays healthy and gets his AB’s

Guerrero, while better, won’t become an asset..

Where as perhaps he can turn EE in to one either by dealing him, or perhaps if he performs well enough a Type B

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

My thoughts exactly. As I’ve mentioned to you before, this year should be about getting answers to all the questionable players, and building as many assests as possible.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

whole heartedly agree

4 years 7 months ago

Vladdy was a Type A free agent this season, so he’s actually a much better asset, in theory. However, we’ve all seen the Type A curse strike, and it bit Vlad this season. It’s hard to offer arbitration to a player like him, Derrek Lee, et al., because they’ll make more in arbitration than they will on the market.

All this said, they’re likely going to be reworking the FA type A/B compensation rules in the new CBA, so it’s not unreasonable to think that Vlad could end up netting a pick under new guidelines. Unfortunately, it’s just too early to know.

If I were a betting man, I’d guess that Type As whose options are declined will still net a compensation pick as if they were Type B in the new agreement (if they don’t re-sign with their current team). That pretty much takes care of the loophole that screws relief pitchers and makes the whole ordeal better for both players and owners. Of course, that’s all conjecture.

-C

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Question: Does this move push them in to 4th and the Jays in to 5th?

Question 2: Does Question 1 really matter?

Sniderlover
4 years 7 months ago

They could do well enough to be 4th or they could not. Both teams have question marks.

And no, not really.

Rickli
4 years 7 months ago

O’s need to sign Vlad, it would add more validity to our team and raise our attendance, and put Baltimore back on the map!

jmcbosox
4 years 7 months ago

more VLADidity

4 years 7 months ago

I really don’t buy the attendance thing. I don’t think that there will be people showing up at the stadium to see Vlad at this point in his career. It may create some buzz around the team early, but that only lasts if they win.

sadp
4 years 7 months ago

I can’t tell if this is genuine fan enthusiasm or acerbic sarcasm.

4 years 7 months ago

My take is that Andy is holding out for Fan Fest before making an announcement like he did last year for Miggy. The reason I think this is because it’s funny how we keep hearing how they are signing him and then Andy come out say “no no that’s not the case.” while we don’t hear anything from Vlad’s or the media’s side… Only time will tell but that’s my thought that he is holding out an announcement for this weekend to get the fans excited and to put butts in seats. Just a theory.

ballmich
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t know who will end up signing Vlad, but I think some team is going to end up with a fabulous deal and a awfully good DH. The question is what team, and I don’t have and idea.

4 years 7 months ago

Phillies. I don’t care about defense at all, we need a RH bat, Vlad is the best available.
Just do it and sort out the details later.

Rickli
4 years 7 months ago

He will need a walker in the OF

4 years 7 months ago

Well then get him one. Vlad can still mash lefties, and that’s what we’re missing right now. The defense won’t be pretty, but I’m certain what Vlad does at the plate will more than make up for what he can not do with the glove.
Would have preferred Andruw Jones, but that ship has sailed.

Thizzie
4 years 7 months ago

Never really thought the Phillies could be an option on Vlad, but I like your thoughts. Are you a die hard Phillies fan? I’m not but I like the idea, don’t really think Vlad wants limited AB’s after his big year last year…
The Andruw Jones mention would have been perfect for Philly! Especially since his power has diminished so much and their stadium is so small, all together Andruw Jones would have been real good, and Vlad would turn them into some serious beasts!!!

Mark H
4 years 7 months ago

Come On O’s Sign Vlad!

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

One hundred BILLION dollars.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

There was a great piece on his quietness on DJF the other day

AA said that he learned from being an assistant GM that a lot of deals that broke as rumours would end up falling apart because of media and fan uproar.. So thats where his philosophy on being so hush came from…

Which makes perfect sense. because could you imagine if word got out that the Angels were landing wells and no cash?? The media, expert and fan backlash may have lead to the Angels pulling away from the deal.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

“boy I’m really catching some heat for trading Vernon.. I might be fired, he was a fan fave here in Toronto, people are not happy…

(exhaust noise in the backround)

Whats that noise Alex? I can barely hear you

Oh Phil Lind bought me a Porsche, gotta run!

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

AA said on Prime Time last night that he and Reagins had conversation about all the teams that were interested in Napoli, and the Reagins probably new that AA was going to trade Napoli. To me, this is the biggest fail by Reagins. There is no way AA would have said no to a VW for Rivera trade straight up. So, Reagins could have shoped Napoli elsewhere and got something else for him and traded for Wells….just a crazy trade.

4 years 7 months ago

Don’t do that to your daughter. He will be miserable here.