If he is still on the team on August 1, it then would be time to evaluate if it would make sense to release him. The Orioles aren’t going to get a pick for Guerrero as they would have to offer him arbitration, and at this point it is a fairly certain bet that Vlad would accept arbitration and come back to the Orioles with an inflated salary.
Of course, if there would be a media storm upon Vlad’s demotion in the lineup, which there undoubtedly would be, imagine the negative publicity the Orioles and Andy MacPhail would get if they ultimately have to designate Vladimir Guerrero for assignment in August.
Yes, that Vladimir Guerrero.
Not only would Andy be admitting his mistake, he would also be openly admitting that the $8 million that Peter Angelos gave him to spend on Vladdy was money not so well spent. On top of that, you would have the Orioles cutting a future Hall of Famer.
Once again, a positive for the Orioles has turned into a negative. Instead of Brian Roberts being the face of the franchise during this rebuilding period, he hits himself in the head with a baseball bat and his career is very much in doubt at this point.
Rather than Matt Wieters being the “switch-hitting Jesus” that he was proclaimed to be, he is now being praised more for his glove than his bat. Brian Matusz, the guy who might not have had the highest ceiling of the cavalry but who was the surest bet to have a successful major league career, has lost 5 MPH on his fastball.
That same luck has translated to Vladimir Guerrero. Instead of watching him take his insane hacks while hitting his moonshot home runs, the Orioles are watching a legendary player deteriorate right before their eyes.
There really isn’t much to say about Vlad at this point. We all know what we see. The guy was going to decline rapidly at some point. The Orioles went all in that he would hang on for at least one more season. He couldn’t.
And it is very sad to watch.
Just months after bringing excitement and hope to Baltimore, Vladimir Guerrero has been a tremendous disappointment for the Orioles and their fans.