Report: Orioles agree to deal with Vladimir Guerrero

From USA Today

The last of the big-name free agents has found a job.

Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal will not be completed until Guerrero passes a physical.

Guerrero will make $8 million, a second person with knowledge of the deal told AP.

The 36-year-old hit .300 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI for the Texas Rangers last season, spending almost all of his time as a DH. He will likely be in the same role for the Orioles, who will consider moving last year’s primary DH, Luke Scott, to left field.

Guerrero joins first baseman Derrek Lee, shortstop J.J. Hardy and third baseman Mark Reynolds as newcomers to the Baltimore lineup that finished 13th in the AL in runs scored in 2010.

Guerrero, who nearly signed with the Orioles as a free agent seven years ago before moving to the then-Anaheim Angels, was the Rangers’ leading hitter in the first half, batting .319 with 20 home runs and 75 RBI, but his production fell off the rest of the way with a .278 average, nine homers and 40 RBI.


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