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*Derrek Lee will take batting practice for the first time this spring either Friday or Saturday. Manager Buck Showalter said Lee will be held out of Sunday’s intrasquad game and the first few Grapefruit League contests as well.
“I’m just going to trust him right now,” Showalter said of Lee. “I trust him period but with something like this, no reason to get ahead of ourselves. I know exactly what, not to an at-bat, but a pretty good idea of what he’s going to need. He knows it better than I do. He may think he needs four weeks of at-bats, and there’s always ways to get at-bats.”
*A judge will decide today regarding whether Alfredo Simon will stay in jail or be freed on bail. Even if he is released, Simon still needs to obtain his Visa and it could be a case where he’s not allowed to leave the country yet. Stay tuned for any news on that.
*The Orioles split squad game on Sunday is going to be played at the main Ed Smith Stadium field. Manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday morning that that’s the plan for now.
*Also Zach Britton and Rick VandenHurk will both get starts this spring. Britton and VandenHurk will each piggyback off the initial run-through of the Grapefruit League schedule, which I blogged yesterday. That schedule will flip so that they start a game in the second run-through. VandenHurk will follow Jeremy Guthrie on Tuesday while Britton will follow Justin Duchscherer on Wednesday.
*There was some confusion regarding what I wrote Monday about where Vladimir Guerrero and Nick Markakis took batting practice. That bp session took place on the practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium complex, not on the main field, which is still being worked on by a construction crew. I got a few questions about that and wanted to clarify in case it wasn’t clear in my story.
*If you missed it, I had a nice long sit-down with new third baseman Mark Reynolds, who is looking forward to playing healthy and having a fresh start in Baltimore. The full story is up here.
SARASOTA, Fla. — The highly-anticipated arrival of Vladimir Guerrero finally happened
on Wednesday morning, when the veteran designated hitter reported to Orioles camp around 9 a.m. ET.
Guerrero is scheduled to go through a physical examination on Wednesday before anything is made official, and there is a tentative press conference scheduled for Friday. He was accompanied by one of his agents, Fernando Cuza, who will likely act as an interpreter for the Dominican native, who prefers to do his interviews in Spanish.
Guerrero agreed to terms with the Orioles on a one-year deal on February 5 and his
contract will pay him $8 million dollars, although a substantial portion of it is deferred.
Guerrero, who will wear uniform No. 27, entered with bags from the Texas Rangers and
Montreal Expos, two of his previous stops. Last season with Texas he hit .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBIs and he is expected to be the Orioles cleanup hitter and everyday designated hitter, moving previous DH Luke Scott to left field.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter -who
joked about hoping to use his eraser on some mock lineups – got his wish.
The O’s have reached an
agreement with free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero on a one-year
contract, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com on Friday evening.
The deal, which was first
reported by ESPNDeportes.com, is reportedly worth $8 million dollars, although
the details are still being worked out by both sides. The Orioles have not
commented on the signing, which won’t be made official until Guerrero undergoes
a physical early next week.
The 35-year-old Guerrero posted
a .300 average, with 29 homers and 115 RBIs last season with the Rangers and
was hoping to land a two-year deal at the start of the offseason. But with the
designated hitter’s market drying up, various reports the last several weeks hinted
that the Orioles were Guerrero’s best -and perhaps only – remaining landing
The O’s will use Guerrero as
their full time DH, moving Luke Scott to left field, a position which Scott has
said told Showalter he has “no problem” with since the 32-year-old prefers to
play the field. Guerrero’s signing does raise questions about the roles of
outfielders Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold, both of whom will be in camp.
While Pie can play center field
and is the lone backup for Adam Jones, Reimold still has an option left which
means he could be the odd man out and start the season in Triple-A. The
organization is hesitant to make any last-minute trades before Spring Training,
meaning it will be a crowded picture that heads to Sarasota for the first
full-squad workout on Feb. 21.
Adding Guerrero is just the
latest in a flurry of offseason moves for Baltimore, which has also upgraded its
lineup with power bat Mark Reynolds -via a trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks -
and with last month’s free agent signing of Derrek Lee.
Over his 15-year career,
Guerrero has hit .320 with 436 home runs and 1,433 RBIs.
Where will Vladimir Guerrero sign? It’s February and Spring Training is literally just around the corner, making these next two days very important tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.
“The next 48 hours [are] expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks,” Olney tweeted earlier. “The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more.”
Not much here that hasn’t already been talked about, but it seems as if Guerrero will make a decision soon. The Orioles have had an offer on the table since Thursday and as of Wednesday morning have no knowledge of any self-imposed deadline from Guerrero or his camp.
They haven’t threatened to withdraw their offer by a certain date, either.
So, we’re left with Vlad weighing his other options, whatever they may be (an interesting idea floated last night by FoxSports was the Rays. More on that here.)
The O’s offer — believed to reach the $5 million mark with incentives — isn’t changing. He’s made it no secret that he wants to play for a team with a chance to win and is more comfortable with a clubhouse that has some Latin American players. Neither of those things works in the O’s favor but they can offer Guerrero something most clubs can’t: consistent playing time.
He’d be a full-time DH, with Luke Scott moving to left field and Felix Pie/Nolan Reimold battling it out in Spring. Reimold has an option left so he could start the season in Triple-A.
What the O’s would sacrifice on defense with Scott in left, they’d presumably make up for with a beefed-up lineup. You’ve heard before that the Rangers and Angels could sign Vlad in a part-time role, and he could put value the chance to play for either of those teams again over coming to Baltimore.
Either way, it looks to be resolved before the week is over.
Update: 3:52 pm. ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas just tweeted, using an unnamed source, that Vladimir Guerrero is “not excited” about the Orioles offer, and suggests the Rangers may be back in play. Not a real shocker since the feeling earlier was the O’s aren’t overly optimistic in their chances of signing Guerrero.
In a move first reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, and confirmed by MLB.com, the O’s made an offer to free-agent Vladimir Guerrero on Thursday, although the figures are a far cry than what Guerrero was originally seeking.
According to Rosenthal, who cited a Major Leagur source, the offer is in the $3-5 million range. In comparison, Guerrero started the winter with a price tag of 2 years/$16 million and has remained in that $8 range for one year of his services.
I can confirm only that the O’s offer was a “more reasonable” figure, although there are several reports out there that range from $2-5 million.
Last week’s report that the Orioles had reached a deal with Guerrero proved to be inaccurate, but the team did reignite talks with the veteran slugger. While Guerrero could agree to terms at any time, realistically the organization isn’t overly optimistic he will accept a bargain deal.
Monetary factors aside, the Orioles are also unsure how much Guerrero still has left in the tank and whether playing for another one-year deal will be enough motivation.
It will be interesting to see whether Guerrero –who won’t sit out the season according to Rosenthal — takes the deal or finds a better price elsewhere. The Orioles would be a good fit and it would make sense for both sides, but there always a possibility they get “Soriano’ed” and a team swoops in and overpays, much like what the Yankees did in getting Rafael Soriano for a $35 million commitment.
The Orioles have always wanted Vlad, but at the right price. That’s particularly true now that the team is essentially done spending $. You can break your bank for a Mark Teixeira type, or even Victor Martinez, who the O’s made an early offer to this winter. But you don’t do it for an aging veteran like Guerrero.
I said this earlier, but I’d be shocked if this wasn’t resolved by the end of the week.
I also have a hard time imaging –and this is purely my own speculation — that the O’s will deal Luke Scott if they get Vlad. Scott’s younger, coming off a career year and doesn’t command a huge salary. It’s more likely the O’s will put him in left field, creating a logjam with Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie. They could trade away Pie –which would leave Matt Angle as the only backup in center field — or they could deal Reimold, although the organization still isn’t sure what they have in Reimold. They had several chances to deal him away this winter and didn’t.
The Orioles remain interested in Vladimir Guerrero although reports that they are close to reaching an agreement with the veteran slugger are premature.
MLB Network Radio reported Friday night that the two sides were closing in on a one-year deal, a story which usually tight-lipped president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail refuted in an email to MLB.com.
“[The] report is not accurate,” MacPhail said.
MacPhail and the Orioles front office have met with Guerrero’s representatives earlier this winter, and with Manny Ramirez off the board it’s not out of the question that Guerrero could sign somewhere soon. The Angels also have reported interest.
Having already added Derrek Lee, Mark Reynolds and J.J. Hardy to their lineup, the O’s are most focused on adding a veteran starter and a lefty reliever before heading to Spring Training. They could use another bat for their bench, but it wouldn’t be a Guerrero-type; if he signed with Baltimore, it would be as a full-time designated hitter, a move that would likely shift Luke Scott to left field and crowd the current platoon of Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie. One of the three, most likely Pie under that scenario, would be traded.
The 35-year-old Guerrero is coming off a strong season with the Rangers in which he was named an All-Star for the ninth time in his career. The 35-year-old won his eighth Silver Slugger Award by hitting .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs.
Guerrero struggled in the second half of the season, hitting .278 with nine homers and 40 RBIs, batting just .220 with no homers in 15 postseason games as the Rangers advanced to their first World Series appearance.
The 2004 American League MVP while with the Angels, Guerrero is a career .320 hitter with 436 home runs and 1,433 RBIs over 15 seasons with the Expos, Angels and Rangers.