Blue Jays Sign Vladimir Guerrero

The Blue Jays have signed 37-year-old designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero to a minor league contract, the team announced. The Proformance client would earn a pro-rated portion of $1.3MM in the Major Leagues, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who first reported the deal (Twitter links).

Vladimir Guerrero - Orioles (PW)

If Guerrero's bat looks good at extended Spring Training (his next stop) the Blue Jays could make some changes to their lineup. Assuming the Blue Jays don't consider Guerrero an option in the outfield, he'll pinch hit and DH. They could have Guerrero DH against left-handed pitching and shift Adam Lind to the bench against southpaws, with Edwin Encarnacion playing first base. Encarnacion, the team's best hitter so far in 2012, will continue to play every day, but it seems Lind could eventually lose playing time as a result of the signing.

Guerrero has 2,590 hits, 449 homers and a .318/.379/.553 line in 16 big league seasons. In 590 plate appearances with the Orioles last year, the nine-time All-Star posted a .290/.317/.416 line with 13 homers.  He drew interest from the DiamondbacksIndians and Marlins earlier this year.

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, a former Montreal Expos employee, has expressed admiration for Guerrero in the past. Anthopoulos has said throughout the spring that he'd be open to adding players on low-risk minor league deals.

Photo courtesy of US Presswire.

43 Responses to Blue Jays Sign Vladimir Guerrero Leave a Reply

  1. Fstuffup 3 years ago

    Just thinking ahead maybe this means AA is planning to trade Lind (donno if I’d rather have prospects for him or package him with prospects to get pitching) away and go with EE at first. Assuming of course that vlad plays well.

    • Jaysfan724 3 years ago

      Lind doesn’t have much trade value to get any worthy prospects, but if he was traded, it would be in a package.  We need bats more than pitching right now.  The starting rotation has been our strength this year.

  2. Dev0 3 years ago

     Lind won’t play vs Left handers likely Vlad will DH vs Lefties and EE will play 1st vs Lefties. that is what I’m assuming.

    • Dev0 3 years ago

       I like how the story was changed to reflect my comment haha

  3. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    No harm in this deal at all…I can dig it.

  4. Jade Mcdermott 3 years ago

    He will light Rogers center up

  5. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Wonder if he ever closed his previous Canadian bank account…

    • Lee Ferguson 3 years ago

       You are aware that Jays players get paid in USD right?

      • Gumby65 3 years ago

         Sounds reasonable, sure, but the thought actually never crossed my mind, thanks…

      • iains 3 years ago

         Actually players get paid in whatever currency they negotiate.  Just happens the vast majority go with the US buck. 

        • NorthOf49 3 years ago

          Nah, I’m pretty sure salaries have to be paid in US dollars. Otherwise the luxury tax (and other targets) would be a moving target since exchange rates change.

      • Al_Oliver 3 years ago

        if I am not mistaken, they have the option to be paid in either currency

      • thegrayrace 3 years ago

        Pretty sure Canadian banks accept deposits in USD, regardless…

  6. Haha what is this?

    • Frank Drebin 3 years ago

      This is the almighty genius using Jedi-mind tricks, silly.

  7. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    can he close?

  8. Blue387 3 years ago

    Who will Guerrero replace on the roster?

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

      Ben Francisco, hopefully.

      • Dev0 3 years ago

         I wouldn’t mind seeing Davis gone, Francisco has at least hit semi ok in his very small sample. Davis is not good at defense and not hit well at all, he is basically a pinch runner.

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          what??? no way, davis is the last guy off the bench they would ditch

          he’s the only other player who can play center, and in a bench role, if used properly he can be a game changer

      • BrettLawriesnewesttattoo 3 years ago

        why hopefully? Francisco has hit well and plays a position. plus he’s in his peak and is a career 762 OPS. you know what you’re getting.
        Lind, Thames, Vlad on the other hand…

        • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

          Francisco is completely redundant.

          @Dev0:disqus : Davis at least can run the bases and play all outfield positions averagely.

          he is basically a pinch runner.

          Which a team could always use.

          • BrettLawriesnewesttattoo 3 years ago

            I agree that Rajai has way more value than Francisco. but what about Lind? Bautista is going to be moving to 1B soon, so what’s the point of keeping Lind around when he sucks so royally?

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

            There is no point in Lind, except he’s making too much to sit on the bench at this point, and has no value to be traded.

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            and at one point was good.

          • Soon is way to generic. It will probably be 2 years before he gets close to being a first baseman on a semi-regular basis…

  9. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    I wonder if this was a situation where the jays approached Vladdy in the offseason and he still searched for a starting job and then gave in

    or AA wasn’t interested but after Lind’s start put it in the works

  10. MuskokaBoyInOakville 3 years ago

    I can never understand why they dont use Francisco as the right handed pinch hitter late in games and save Davis for pinch running when needed.  When Davis pinch hits and does not get on, his talents have been wasted.

  11. Eric the Actor 3 years ago

    More importantly, will jays shop be selling any retro expos Vladdy jerseys???

  12. MetsMagic 3 years ago

    He’s obviously not close to the player he was in Montreal, but I’ll be rooting for him to approximate his 2010 production for Toronto. Maybe this can be like the Dave Winfield signing back in ’92.

  13. Double_Up 3 years ago

    I figure the plan is to have Guerrero DH and play a little OF is possible on the road, and either put EE at 1B or platoon a lot at 1B.  Maybe they’ll play Guerrero at 1B in the minors to see if he can.  Also, I don’t doubt that if he does play well, and the Blue Jays don’t add him by June, AA will look for a trade to an underachiever like Detroit or Cleveland or even LAA by then.

  14. I really doubt he makes the big league club. AA said himself that this is only news because he’s a future HOFer.

  15. Marinersforever71 3 years ago

    Adam Lind or Ben Francisco can be a trade liability to a team like Seattle Mariners that can desperately can use some help on offense. Chone Figgins, infielder/outfielder and minor-league pitcher James Paxton may be a great package for the Blue Jays to acquire after Vlad Guerrero signed w/ the Jays. Hopefully, both GMs can talk about a trade to help the two teams this season and beyond.

  16. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    if by 8 you mean none, then yes, 8.

    okay fine eric thames thats it

  17. Dev0 3 years ago

    Well I could take credit for posting useless banter but you beat me to that.

    p.s Vlad is a career .972 OPS vs lefties

  18.  uh. Encarnacion?!

  19. Encarnacion has a problem throwing from 3B to 1B. His fielding at the hot corner itself is not a problem, so those fielding skills should translate to 1B just fine. If Lind wasn’t playing at 1B already, I’m sure the Jays would have no problem playing Encarnacion at 1B.

  20. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    He plays 1B just fine. Could also be used in LF.

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