The Yankees Should sign Vlad Guerrero
Wednesday June.13, 2012
Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)- The events that happened yesterday with the Blue Jays and Vlad Guerrero are strange and totally warranted for further review. In my opinion, the Blue Jays dropped the ball on this one. Guerrero lit up the Minor Leagues for a couple of weeks and should have been called up when Edwin Encarnacion was hurt on June.4th. It was the perfect opportunity to have Vladdy come up and replace EE in the lineup. It should have prompted a return to first base for Encarnacion when he came back from his injury just 5 days later.
The top average on the team actually belongs to EE, who is hitting .281 currently. Vlad Guerrero has never hit worst than .290 in the last 15 years. He tore it up in the minor leagues, and was said to have showed up in decent shape. The Blue Jays had to know that Vladdy would be upset when he was bypassed on in favor of David Cooper or Yan Gomes. I give full credit to the agent for Guerrero in this case, he negotiated a verbal contract with Alex Anthopoulos that the slugger could opt at any time and request to be released from his player contract with the club. In the only thing that makes the Jays look okay on this, they never had to go through with letting Vladdy out of this contract. Really it is a shame that the two sides could not work out something to have Vlad stay with the club. It may actually work out better for both sides in the long run.
After today’s loss, the Jays are now under .500 at 31-32 and are 6.5 games behind the Yankees. The Blue Jays do not look like contenders right now. They are slipping down the standings and are already laden with right handed power hitters. The Blue Jays have Brett Lawrie hitting 1st, Jose Bautista hitting 3rd and Edwin Encarnacion hitting 5th. When you add in Yunel Escobar and J.P Arencibia to the mix, then you can see why the Blue Jays brass were reluctant to call up Guerrero as another right handed hitter. Had the team not been struggling, I would have not even given the Blue Jays Brass any pass at all here. So they should play David Cooper as much as they can at first base and utilize his left-handed power. Despite Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion both being on pace for 40 HRs and 100 RBI years, the season looks in jeopardy for now. The Jays have to find some players to hit for better average. Either that or the team needs to have some more internal improvement for this. I like the move of Brett Lawrie to lead off and having Colby Rasmus hit 2nd. The 5-9 batters all need to pick it up offensively soon or the Jays will be history from contention by the All-Star Break.
Back to Vlad Guerrero. I personally think that he should sign with the Yankees. There are a lot of questions right now with Brett Gardner‘s injured elbow. For about a million dollars, the Bronx Bombers can add the full-time DH to their lineup. While Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones are not going to win a gold glove, they can still play the left field position to have their bats in the lineup. This signing would give the Yankees added power depth in the lineup. I could see Guerrero hit 6th in a batting order with 1. Derek Jeter, 2. Curtis Granderson, 3. Robinson Cano, 4. Alex Rodriguez, 5. Mark Teixeira, 6. Vladimir Guerrero, 7. Nick Swisher, 8. Raul Ibanez/Andruw Jones and 9. Russell Martin. I would love to see Vladdy in this lineup. If Brett Gardner should return, you have a great defensive replacement and pinch runner. Also, Nick Swisher tends to need several days off near the end of the schedule with his all out play, so Gardner could spell him.
Guerrero has great numbers in all of the AL ballparks for his career. The Yankees could use his veteran bat in lineup. The team’s averages are down this year with the exception of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. The rest of the club is hitting .275 or under. The Yankees always grab a player at the deadline and this could be their preemptive strike. The ownership has shown some fiscal restraint this year, so this signing would not cost them very much in terms of cash, plus there are no players being exchanged in the process. I would love to see this happen. Brian Cashman should get Vladdy’s agent on the phone immediately before another AL team signs the ‘Impaler’ for a bargain deal.
For my previous article on the Jays signing Vlad click here.
or the Vladdy article on him being one of the most entertaining players ever click here.
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