Rumor: Vladimir Guerrero wants Yankees DH job

As the Yankees continue to try to find a way to add a DH without raising payroll, free agent Vladimir Guerrero has reportedly made it known that he wants their DH job, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Of course Guerrero wants the job. So does Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, and every other free agent willing to be a DH next season. It’s the only starting job on a contending team left for them.

The problem for Guerrero is that he’s not left handed, although he did hit better against righties than lefties last season. He is also incapable of playing in the field at this point in his career and the Yankees are said to want their next DH to play at least some time in the field (which explains the lack of serious interest in Matsui).

The Yankees probably aren’t doing anything on the DH front until they deal A.J. Burnett though so this is on the back-burner for now.

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7 Responses to Rumor: Vladimir Guerrero wants Yankees DH job

  1. theboogiedown says:

    I wonder what the age difference is between Vlady's posted age and actual age. Any quasi-educated guesses out there?

  2. Double Up says:

    Rumours are often made up by writers, with GM's being so tight with info now. Guerrero demanded $5 mil+? Bah. He told the Yankees he wants to play for them at any price? I doubt it. But did he make an overture to the Yankees, Tampa, Detroit, Baltimore, LAA, Texas… sure, his agent is no dummy, his agent has put feelers out to likerly 8-9 teams, like any good agent would. An agent doesn't sit around waiting like a schoolgirl for a call. If they do, fire them.

    And his real age? I'd say 37.

  3. Mike Sommer says:

    The problem is, Camden Yards is a bandbox; a GREAT place to hit, and Vlad had just 13 HR and 63 RBI last year.

  4. Bronx_Knight says:

    I've really warmed up to the idea of bringing Damon back. Vlad was a greater player at his peak, but he is very clearly in decline now. Johnny, on the other hand, has been amazingly consistent in terms of games played and output. Johnny is clearly the better player over the past three years. Plus Johnny is closing in on 3,000 hits and has a very good chance to make it within three seasons.

    But that might be the problem right there: Johnny wants to get to 3,000 (and a virtual lock on the Hall of Fame). To do that he needs to play at least 140 games per year. Would he get those at-bats with the Yankees? Given A-Rod's ailments, seems doubtful to me.

  5. NYYinATL says:

    Sign Vlad today! He's easily the best available hitter on the market IMO.