Blue Jays Release Vladimir Guerrero

The Blue Jays have released Vladimir Guerrero at his request, the team announced. The 37-year-old outfielder issued the team an ultimatum earlier today, and they decided to release him rather than call him up the big leagues. Bean Stringfellow, Vlad's agent, said his client is not retiring and will seek employment elsewhere.

Soon after joining the Blue Jays' organization, Guerrero hit four homers in four games at Class A Dunedin. He was then promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he collected four hits last night after a slow start. 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 Diamondbacks, Indians and Marlins earlier this year.


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42 Comments on "Blue Jays Release Vladimir Guerrero"


ColonelBoston
3 years 2 months ago

Aww, man. I was looking forward to watching him hit — it’s hilarious watching a dude completely miss an 88mph heater down the middle & then park one 440ft that was 5 1/2 feet out of the zone..

Double_Up
3 years 2 months ago

I remember a game in Texas, a 95 mph pitch inside and he whiffed, announcer was laughing at Vlad, next pitch was 92 mph over the right corner and he drilled it to right center for a 3 run homer.

I also recall an earlier game, Vlad hadn’t hit all game long (no one had) but the announcers were picking on Vlad, calling him all washed up.  9th inning he drills a 2 run home run against the closer with two outs, announcers sure changed their tune fast.

3 years 2 months ago

Indians need to go get him. Can take some DH turns. Righthanded stick. Hafner and him split at bats when Hafner returns from DL just like last year with Thome

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 They already have Damon.. Why take on another finished player who expects to play when they have no business on a team, other than a AAA, or Independent league one?

Double_Up
3 years 2 months ago

Because Vlad hits RH, drives the ball, fits in well, can still play OF, outhit 65% of major leaguers last year… come to think of it, who needs guys who hit better than most current major leaguers, it’s not like hitting is getting worse every year….

cubs223425
3 years 2 months ago

Vlad can play the OF? That’s news to…well, everyone.

3 years 2 months ago

The Angels figured out years ago that he couldn’t play the field anymore and was limited to being a DH.  There’s no reason to think that his fielding has gotten any better in the last 4 or 5 years.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 If that’s the case (he still hits so well) would think there had been a  sizable market for him and he would have/could have found a job on a MLB roster before June.

Not saying he couldn’t *maybe* find something for 1m, or less on some NL team as a PH, but face it.. he cannot play the OF any longer and his power is pretty much a thing of the past. That was why the O’s let him walk after the 2011 season.

3 years 2 months ago

 Considering his lack of power in a home run haven at Camden Yards last year, its not really surprising that the Orioles let him go.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 That is it.. Everyone knows Duquette LOVES to keep/sign people like Vlad if he doesn’t have a young kid to play a position, or in Vlad’s case..DH and The Duke never made any attempt to retain him whatsoever..

If that isn’t a teller of how much he thought was left.. The guy who has been know to give talent like Lee Tinsley starting roles.. It should be.

cubs223425
3 years 2 months ago

Hey, Jermaine Dye hit well in his final season and was unable to find a job. Teams just don’t like being pigeonholed into having to carry a DH with no defensive flexibility.

Double_Up
3 years 2 months ago

Good luck to him.  Cleveland and Detroit would be good fits.  I wonder if other teams have already talked to his agent, it’s not illegal with his opt out clause after all.

3 years 2 months ago

When news broke we signed him, I thought the chances that he’d get
called up to Toronto were slim. Alex Anthopolous even said his signing
wouldn’t have been news if he wasn’t a potential Hall-of-Famer.

Runtime
3 years 2 months ago

There just wasn’t a roster spot for him. Gomes and Cooper are having “breakout” years… Snider is almost ready, and Lind is hitting .400 and making great improvements in AAA.

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

great improvements? In a week.

it just goes to show you how beefed up the PCL is for hitters. Guys who we’re ops’ing under 7 in the bigs go down and OPS 1.000+

They need to move that team.

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 2 months ago

I remember hearing Howarth and Ashby mentioning that the Mets’ AAA team in Buffalo is in the last year of their contract, and that the franchise is unhappy with them.  The 51s are in the last year of theirs, too.

I’d love to be able to drive two hours to see the farm team!

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

I believe the Jays have already agreed to a 3 year extension with the 51s.

expos94
3 years 2 months ago

They signed an extension with New Hampshire but there was never anything reported about Vegas. I really can’t see the Jays signing an extension with Vegas unless it is a last resort kind of deal. I could be wrong though.

bjfan
3 years 2 months ago

Not yet.

3 years 2 months ago

Gomes is having a breakout year? .226/.278/.516 with 9 k’s and 2BB in 31 AB? Maybe he’ll have a good year, but he’s not “breaking out.”

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Jonny Gomes is always capable of “breaking out” and striking out 15 of 20PA.. Have seen that before while he was with the Rays…

3 years 2 months ago

Except we’re talking about Yan Gomes here, the C/1B/3B prospect for the Jays.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 LOL Apologies…

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

 I believe he’s talking about Yan Gomes of the Blue Jays.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Ted has the correct numbers for Yan Gomes, he’s not a special prospect.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah, Yan Gomes the guy who will be lucky to have a job behind Lawrie Arecibia d’Arnaud E3 and Lind. He’s also only hitting .226. Coopers high BAIBP will bring his average down a lot as well.

Jaysfan724
3 years 2 months ago

There goes the 51s championship…nah nvm we got Chris Woodward.

Runtime
3 years 2 months ago

hahahahahaha

55saveslives
3 years 2 months ago

I’m still mad the Giants didn’t try to sign him to hit behind Bonds.  Although watching Madison Bumgarner completely dismantle him in the World Series was pretty awesome too!

Stany19
3 years 2 months ago

Why do people think Vlad is done? The dude has produced wherever he has played and hasn’t even been below average recently. The man can still play. Im pulling for Vlad to find the right opportunity and team to showcase his talents, even at the age of 37

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

Jays were probably the best fit for him. at 37 he’s a liability in the field, so it has to be an AL team and most have DH’s
Jays just didn’t want to call him up until after interleague play, which makes sense. He didnt want to stick around, so oh well

3 years 2 months ago

He was below average last year as a full-time DH who hit 13 HR and contributed 0.0 WAR. This year he tee’d off on some crappy A-ball pitching (i’m sure Vlad will be able to do that when he’s 50, too), but if the Jays, who really need a big bat, saw nothing there then I’m inclined to believe them.

3 years 18 days ago

Of course, Vladdy can’t hit bombs anymore? So what. HE show he can still hit for contact last season with Baltimore.

3 years 2 months ago

I think part of the problem is that he can’t play in the field anymore, so he’s limited to DH duty.  Too bad, because the Phillies could sure use his bat.  They’ve already got one guy on their roster (Thome) who can’t play in the field.  No room for another one.

Blue387
3 years 2 months ago

Can he still play in right field or is he strictly a DH at this point?

Slopeboy
3 years 2 months ago

Is that you asking, Jason?

Double_Up
3 years 2 months ago

Apparently Dombrowski has already contacted his agent… but like most rumours it ain’t official.

3 years 2 months ago

Turn out the lights….the party’s over.

ConstantinusMagnus
3 years 2 months ago

Where does all the hate for Vlady come from? The contempt that some hold for the guy is odd. As far as I know he’s a solid citizen (so to speak). Can we say the same about other oldsters who receive respect and MLB jobs… like Giambi and Manny? I hope some team gives him a shot. He’s been a fun player to watch and the game can use more characters like him.

Metsfan199
3 years 2 months ago

 Amen to everything you’ve said . . .

acemccracken
3 years 2 months ago

 I liked watching him steal bases against Varitek.

Keith Watts
3 years 2 months ago

CD… that is some seriously horrible trolling on your part… no one has linked Vlad w/ the juice… he came by his numbers honestly… I’m offended by that assertion and I’m sure “the Impaler” would be as well.