Mar
01

Rosenthal: Yankees not interested in Vlad Guerrero

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Via Ken Rosenthal: The Yankees do not have interest in Vlad Guerrero, who recently switched agents and is willing to accept a minor league deal. The club insists they will temporarily replace Curtis Granderson from within.

Guerrero, 38, played a handful of minor league games with the Blue Jays last year but otherwise has not appeared in the big leagues since 2011 with the Orioles (96 wRC+ in 590 PA). As was the case with Johnny Damon, I think the Yankees should be all over this. They have nothing to lose by bringing Vlad to camp on a minor league contract, and if anything it’ll create some buzz and add excitement to an otherwise mundane camp. He’s a disaster in the outfield these days, which is a bit of a problem, but it’s not like running Juan Rivera out there would be much better.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

32 Comments»

  1. blake says:

    on a minor league deal what is the downside really….they can’t use the he can’t play defense card when they also have Juan Rivera in camp….maybe Vlad could still hit a little for awhile

  2. CountryClub says:

    As with Damon, no thanks.

  3. RobA says:

    In other news….water is wet. Sky is blue.

  4. forensic says:

    Shouldn’t the title be “Rosenthal: Every team not interested in Vlad Guerrero”?

  5. jason says:

    It’s been a few hours now since the last report….are the Yankees still not interested in Kyle Lohse?

  6. dalelama says:

    It seems like Yankee management is quite willing to just write this year off.

  7. Tino!_24 says:

    We do need someone to replace Andru Jones pathetic plate appearances… hmmm

  8. RetroRob says:

    Just create a boilerplate headline: Yankees not interested in _______.

    Not that I’m questioning their non-interest. Even if he showed he still had some bat, they need someone who can also take the field.

  9. trr says:

    hey…they gotta print something. we’re just the yutzes replying to it

  10. LK says:

    Given how awful he was in the OF last time he played there with Texas, and the fact that he’s now a couple years older than that, I can’t really see how this is a realistic option to pursue even on a minor league deal.

  11. Nice Guy Eddie says:

    How awesome is Vlad though? He might be the most underrated player of that era

    • Steve (different one) says:

      He was awesome, but I don’t remember him as underrated.

      If anything, he completely dodged all the criticism leveled at ARod for being a consistently lousy postseason player….

  12. Steve (different one) says:

    No one remembers this game?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=14871226

  13. Greg says:

    rather have Lisa Guerrero than Vladi.

  14. If we are going to bottom feed on over the hill players, I would rather Lowe.

  15. Freudy says:

    Cashman likes nice docile boys like the unexciting Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson & Matt Diaz. Something like bringing in Vlad or heaven forbid Manny for a look scares poor Brian terribly especially if they hit and still have something left. God forbid the fans embrace a guy like Vlad then poor Brian will be forced to listen to us rather than do what he wants. He would much rather have a roster full of manageable vanilla guys like Rasner, Karstens and Joshy Phelps than high profile former stars with something left to prove. Winning with mediocrity will get him all the accolades he feels he’s been shortchanged of as the GM of the team that makes the most money in the sport. It’s why we don’t have a catcher. He & G.I. Joe are going to prove that the Yankee way of having an offensively talented backstop is a myth. We’re gonna win with catch & throw guys and we’ll all have to bow down to their brilliance.

    • jjyank says:

      lolwut?

    • DC says:

      Dalelama’s protege?

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      Brian will be forced to listen to us…

      In case you missed it, he’s on record as saying “If I listen to the fans, I’ll wind up sitting with them.”

      I don’t think Cash is anywhere near the best GM in the game, but I’m willing to admit that’s he’s forgotten more about baseball than I’ve ever known (and, i’m willing to bet, 99.9% of RAB commenters).

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Did you pass out in 2007 and just wake up? What a bizarre comment. Josh Phelps?

    • Evan3457 says:

      That’s fairly psychotic, even by RAB troll standards.

  16. Slugger27 says:

    He’s a disaster in the outfield these days, which is a bit of a problem, but it’s not like running Juan Rivera out there would be much better.

    this isnt a serious comment is it? no way is there any argument to be made that juan rivera is anything but a noticeable and significant upgrade defensively over vladimir guerrero.

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