Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR 11 Months
Vladimir Guerrero officially announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday.
Guerrero cited a desire to spend more time with his family, as well as the two operations that he's endured on his right knee, as the primary factors in his decision. The 38-year-old owns a tremendous .318/.379/.553 career slash line with 449 homers, 1496 RBI and 181 stolen bases. He was named the American League's most valuable player in 2004, was named to nine All-Star teams, and won eight Silver Slugger awards in his illustrious career.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR May 08 '13
Vladimir Guerrero has yet to report to the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League because he is attending to a family matter in the Dominican Republic.
Guerrero signed with the Ducks in early April after he struggled to find the right fit in MLB. It's not clear when he'll be ready to join the team, but the 38-year-old isn't ready to give up on his career. He's currently sitting on 449 career home runs.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Apr 04 '13
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Vladimir Guerrero has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
It was Rosenthal that reported last month that Vlad was attempting a comeback. Obviously the independent leagues is a long way from the majors, but perhaps if he mashes someone will give him a shot on a minor league deal. Guerrero didn't appear in a major league game in 2012, batting .358/.364/.679 with four homers in 12 minor league games for the Blue Jays before asking for his release.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Mar 01 '13
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback.
Vlad didn't appear in a major league game in 2012, batting .358/.364/.679 with four homers in 12 minor league games for the Blue Jays before asking for his release. The 38-year-old played winter ball in his native Dominican Republic, hitting .188 over eight contests. Guerrero is willing to accept a minor league deal, so someone seems likely to give him a shot. He's obviously a longshot to have any sort of impact in 2013, though. Rosenthal says that the Yankees are not interested in Vlad.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Oct 29 '12
Vladimir Guerrero will play winter ball for the Licey Tigers in his native Dominican Republic.
Vlad didn't appear in a major league game in 2012, batting .358/.364/.679 with four homers in 12 minor league games for the Blue Jays before asking for his release. Slated to turn 38 in February, Guerrero hit .290/.317/.416 with 13 homers in 145 games for the Orioles in 2011. He'll almost surely have to take a non-guaranteed minor league deal next spring if he chooses to continue his career.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Jun 18 '12
According to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, Vladimir Guerrero is not close to signing with any club.
Guerrero was probably better off practicing patience in the Blue Jays' farm system, where he was at least drawing regular playing time. But he asked for and was granted his release after just eight games, and is now struggling to attract new offers. The 37-year-old was 10-for-33 (.303) at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Jun 13 '12
According to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers have "lukewarm" interest in Vladimir Guerrero.
It's "not clear if they will pursue him at this point," Morosi concludes. Guerrero asked for and was granted his release from the Blue Jays earlier this week after going 10-for-33 (.303) at Triple-A Las Vegas without gaining consideration for a promotion to the major leagues. The 37-year-old could struggle to find another contract.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Jun 12 '12
Blue Jays released DH Vladimir Guerrero.
Guerrero issued an ultimatum following Monday's game with Triple-A Las Vegas that he wanted to be called up to the majors or released. So the Jays cut him loose after deciding that he wasn't a good fit for the big league roster. The 37-year-old was hitting .303 (10-for-33) with two doubles, a triple and zero walks in eight games with Las Vegas. While Vlad doesn't plan to retire, the market for him figures to be pretty limited at this point.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Jun 12 '12
Updating a previous item, Vladimir Guerrero's agent Bean Stringfellow told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that his client has not opted out of his contract with Blue Jays.
It's worth noting that Stringfellow said "not yet," which leaves open the possibility that he could soon opt out. Either way, it's clear Vlad has no intention to retire. "Nothing could be further from the truth," said Stringfellow. "He is in great shape. He is hitting very well and running very well." The 37-year-old went 4-for-5 on Monday night and is hitting .303 (10-for-33) with two doubles and a triple in eight games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Vladimir Guerrero DH TOR Jun 10 '12
Vladimir Guerrero is day-to-day after being hit by a pitch on the right hand Saturday at Triple-A Las Vegas.
It shouldn't push back potential arrival with the Blue Jays much. Vlad has cooled off a bit since being bumped up to Triple-A but is still batting .313/.320/.625 with four homers over 50 plate appearances between his two minor league stops.