Damon & Guerrero Seek $5MM Deals

Teams say Johnny Damon and Vladimir Guerrero are looking for deals worth $5MM or so, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark tweets. The asking prices appear to be suppressing interest in the pair of designated hitters.

Though Damon and Guerrero are among the biggest names available in free agency, they haven't played the outfield regularly in years and will likely be limited to DH or bench jobs in 2012. At this point in the offseason, most AL teams have a DH in place and clubs have limited funds for complementary players, so the market for Damon and Guerrero doesn't appear strong.

Damon, 38, signed for $8MM in February of 2010 and for $5.25MM at the end of January, 2011. Guerrero also has experience signing late. The 36-year-old signed for $7.6MM in February of 2011.


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61 Comments on "Damon & Guerrero Seek $5MM Deals"


3 years 6 months ago

I didn’t know Guerrero was 26 years old.  I guess $5M is a bargain.

John Stefan
3 years 6 months ago

A player from the Dominican Republic misrepresenting his age?? What are the odds?

Kurisu Rg
3 years 6 months ago

Too soon, bro.

sourbob
3 years 6 months ago

His 1998 season was the best-ever by a 13 year-old. .960 OPS for a guy whose voice hadn’t changed? SICK.

3 years 6 months ago

a 13-year old? haha, maybe the best comment I’ve ever seen in my life.

3 years 6 months ago

he’s got Ferris Bueller beat….

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

Dude is entering prime years!

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

Not in any position to negotiate at 5 mill

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 months ago

So now Guerrero lied about his age? I wonder what his real name is.

austinhb
3 years 6 months ago

26 years old eh?

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Vlad only got 8m coming off of a monster season. How can he think he will get 5m coming off of a mediocre season (DH standards) in another decent offensive park?

Like Vlad and all,but both Damon and Vlad are playing a wishing game here and looking at the DH market like it was 3-4 years ago.

My money is on Vlad coming to reality 1st, over the Damon brain washed Boras, who may take until after ST to realize nobody will pay that much.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

Vlad is already in the HOF. Damon NEEDS 3,000 hits to get there. I seriously doubt Vlad changes his mind first.

sourbob
3 years 6 months ago

Given their skill sets and the market, I think they should simply focus on finding any work at all.

3 years 6 months ago

I would take Guerrero back as an Orioles fan, I would be one of the few, but I would take him. Offer him 2 million plus the three that the O’s deferred in 2011 and get rid of the contract once and for all. Damon wants 5 million too, if he gets it, I am certain it won’t be from the Mets. Damon doesn’t have many options and neither does Guerrero.

3 years 6 months ago

If either is willing to go down to 4 million, they probably could get a good deal from a team interested in having a DH/hitting coach.

John Stefan
3 years 6 months ago

Vladi as a hitting coach teaching young players plate discipline…nice! Maybe Vlad could get Alfonso Soriano to help with that too lol 😛

John Stefan
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe Stark was referring to Damon and Guerrero seeking $5MM book deals?

ratmoss
3 years 6 months ago

I think I would read a Damon book.  Vlad does not seem nearly as interesting. 

Iconoclast17
3 years 6 months ago

If Damon lowers his sights to $2-3 million he would be a possible fit for the A’s.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

god i hope not, a’s shouldn’t want him and definitely don’t need him

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

You do realize the only player last year that played over 100 games and had a higher OPS than Damon last year was Willingham and he’s gone….Willingham was the only one who hit more HRs than him too. The only two players that played more than 100 games last year and had a higher OBP are both gone (Willingham/Sweeney). If you want to give some of the younger guys a chance to DH that might be a good idea but the A’s offense needs all the help it can get.

Iconoclast17
3 years 6 months ago

Yea, that was my thought. The young guy (Carter) isn’t so young anymore and has failed twice, and he, like Gomes, bats from the right side.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

Ya the young 1B/DH types aren’t so young anymore and have failed several times and Damon on a 1 year low salary deal wouldn’t be a bad idea. The A’s have even said they’re interested in bringing him back. I’m guessing he’ll end up in NY where he’ll get more media love for the HOF and get to hit in a ballpark much better suited for him after Detroit and Tampa. And I’d think money wouldn’t be the end all when it’ll be a small salary anywhere. He’s made over $100MM and the HOF probably means more to him than a few extra $100K. Of course he has taken the most money every time he’s hit free agency…minus Boras screwing him over after 2009 and having to run to his brainwashed owner in Detroit.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

    if the a’s were planning on contending, like they intended to the 2010/2011 offseason when i advocated for them to sign manny, i would agree. only problem is, the a’s only have 5% chance at BEST of contending this year, so no reason to waste $5 million on a player who would only take a spot from someone who’d cost league minimum. save that $5 million for soler or multiple draft picks.

   the crisp signing i was fine with knowing he’d be flipped at some point for a prospect if he proves healthy. the seth smith trade…jury’s still out on that one, gave up expendable pieces so i was fine with that part. jonny gomes, i wasn’t crazy about that, again, signing someone who’s now taking the spot of someone who’d just cost league minimum. signing a DH is pointless when, if our options there just reach a third of their potential, will give the same output for $5 million less

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

    if the a’s were planning on contending, like they intended to the 2010/2011 offseason when i advocated for them to sign manny, i would agree. only problem is, the a’s only have 5% chance at BEST of contending this year, so no reason to waste $5 million on a player who would only take a spot from someone who’d cost league minimum. save that $5 million for soler or multiple draft picks.

   the crisp signing i was fine with knowing he’d be flipped at some point for a prospect if he proves healthy. the seth smith trade…jury’s still out on that one, gave up expendable pieces so i was fine with that part. jonny gomes, i wasn’t crazy about that, again, signing someone who’s now taking the spot of someone who’d just cost league minimum. signing a DH is pointless when, if our options there just reach a third of their potential, will give the same output for $5 million less

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

    if the a’s were planning on contending, like they intended to the 2010/2011 offseason when i advocated for them to sign manny, i would agree. only problem is, the a’s only have 5% chance at BEST of contending this year, so no reason to waste $5 million on a player who would only take a spot from someone who’d cost league minimum. save that $5 million for soler or multiple draft picks.

   the crisp signing i was fine with knowing he’d be flipped at some point for a prospect if he proves healthy. the seth smith trade…jury’s still out on that one, gave up expendable pieces so i was fine with that part. jonny gomes, i wasn’t crazy about that, again, signing someone who’s now taking the spot of someone who’d just cost league minimum. signing a DH is pointless when, if our options there just reach a third of their potential, will give the same output for $5 million less

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

You do realize the only player last year that played over 100 games and had a higher OPS than Damon last year was Willingham and he’s gone….Willingham was the only one who hit more HRs than him too. The only two players that played more than 100 games last year and had a higher OBP are both gone (Willingham/Sweeney). If you want to give some of the younger guys a chance to DH that might be a good idea but the A’s offense needs all the help it can get.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

god i hope not, a’s shouldn’t want him and definitely don’t need him

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

If/When he lowers his price he’ll end up being the Yankee DH.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

If/When he lowers his price he’ll end up being the Yankee DH.

jlasovage
3 years 6 months ago

maybe combined they can get to 5 mil

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

I know they are old but still they are playing for that last paycheck and a chance to get into the hall. Both are borderline in my book and I would hate to see two players with such successful careers forced into retirement.

Now dont get me wrong they are both shells of their former self but still they could be useful in some capacity, especially damon.

FillyPhan
3 years 6 months ago

It would be forced on their account and no one elses. Can they not live with a 2mil a year deal? I think about 200 people could easily live off that a year.
They are just being stubborn like derrek lee is. No one wants that kind of player on their team.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

200 people could live off a total fo $2 million? Not in America.

Michael Moses
3 years 6 months ago

I can see how their agents would argue this high of a value… but it looks like the market is going to dictate something lower.  Who are the potential suitors here?  Yanks?  Jays?

3 years 6 months ago

Not the Jays. EE is a better option at this point than either Damon or Vladdy. (Better in terms of positional flexibility as well as greater potential)

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

True. EE can play anywhere in the park. Of course he can’t play WELL at any of the positions, but he will play them. Unless the Jays have any brains at all.

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

True. EE can play anywhere in the park. Of course he can’t play WELL at any of the positions, but he will play them. Unless the Jays have any brains at all.

3 years 6 months ago

Vlad needs 410 hits for 3,000 and 51 HRs for 500. He ain’t goin’ quietly.

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

He would have to play for 3 years, I really hope he hits the milestones but he would need a big bounce back year and maybe show some ranged in the OF to justify playing for the next 3 years.

3 years 6 months ago

Damon needs 277 hits for 3,000. Add his massive ego, and he’ll sign for $12 an hour with the Astros to keep playing.

3 years 6 months ago

Damon needs 277 hits for 3,000. Add his massive ego, and he’ll sign for $12 an hour with the Astros to keep playing.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

he’s already in the HOF…

3 years 6 months ago

Vlad needs 410 hits for 3,000 and 51 HRs for 500. He ain’t goin’ quietly.

hardwired7
3 years 6 months ago

Make it a package deal.  Buy one, get the other 50% off. Hurry, supplies are limited.

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

Thats what they did with manny last year!

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

Thats what they did with manny last year!

boraswannabe
3 years 6 months ago

I made the same mistake in MLB the show and was lucky to get a spring training invite.

sweetxtooth
3 years 6 months ago

As a yankees fan after seeing the chances they made last year and having a couple pay off (Chavez, Colon) I wouldn’t mind seeing Damon back at the stadium but for $2m or $3m max.

$7562574
3 years 6 months ago

good life, vlad.

Lars Chunks
3 years 6 months ago

Would much rather have Vlad or Damon at $5M than Ortiz at $12-16M

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

Ortiz is the much better player by far than either of the other two. Worth $12-15mil? No, but I think he could easily make the $5 mil more than Damon and Vladdy.