Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vlad Guerrero is a Blue Jay

According to The Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays have signed Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league deal.

Said minor league deal will reportedly become a prorated 1.3 million if he makes the big club, so Vladdy will have some incentive to get into game shape, and the Jays aren't on the hook for much if he stinks.

What this means to the lineup is unclear, but worst-case scenario Guerrero would be an imposing bat off the bench against left-handed pitching, and best-case scenario he resembles the Vladdy of old at DH, moving Edwin Encarnacion to first and sending Adam Lind to the bench against lefties.

Keep in mind, Guerrero hit .290 last year with Baltimore, and had a .300/29/115/.841 line the year before, so it's not like the dude has completely forgotten how to hit the baseball.

Plus, I mean, it's Vladdy freakin' Guerrero. Disliking Vlad is akin to disliking kittens, or patio beers.

Guerrero will become the 56th player to suit up for both Canadian MLB clubs, and his first dinger with the Jays would be his 450th career home run.

Oh, and he has a .411 career on-base percentage at Rogers Centre with 12 HR and 36 RBI.

In summary: yes.

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