According to multiple sources, including ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas, Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Orioles.
Guerrero will serve as DH for the Orioles, with Luke Scott moving to left field, barring further moves. Guerrero hit .300 with 29 home runs in 2010.
Guerrero is known for his excellent plate coverage, which will help counter the strikeout totals of fellow new Oriole Mark Reynolds.
The latest offseason move gives the club a completely reworked middle of the order with Reynolds, Guerrero, and Lee serving as power threats. The infield, too, has been reworked, with only Brian Roberts returning to 2nd base from the 2010 lineup.
The Orioles original offer to Guerrero was much lower than $8 million dollars, but the 35 year old slugger did not seem willing to sing with the club for $4-5 million. This despite the Orioles being Guerrero’s only potential suitor at the moment.
Congratulations to Orioles management for blinking and overpaying for a superstar whose pride would not allow him to play for a perennial cellar-dweller. The addition of Guerrero does not guarantee the Orioles a winning team, but it can’t hurt. If healthy, Guerrero will force pitchers to rethink their strategy.
The deal is said to be for one year and $8 million dollars.