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Orioles Sign Vlad Guerrero – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 4th, 2011 by Chalk

Orioles Sign Vlad Guerrero
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The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with free agent designated hitter Vlad Guerrero, pending a physical (which past big name Orioles signees have failed). Guerrero turns 35 on Wednesday and was still going pretty strong last year with the Texas Rangers, although his numbers dipped significantly in the second half.

His 2010 numbers in Texas were solid: he batted .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBI. But in the 69 games he played after the All-Star Break, Vlad hit just .278 with nine homers and 40 RBI. He was originally hoping for a two-year deal for $18-19 million, so for him to end up in Baltimore shows most teams question how much he has left in the tank.

Still, Vlad’s new teammates in Baltimore, where the Orioles haven’t had a winning season in over a decade, are super psyched to have him. “This is probably the most excited I’ve been in nine years, that’s for sure,” said overrated Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. “We’re all excited. A guy like that just changes the whole complexion of the lineup. You are talking about a Hall of Fame guy coming off a monster year. To add that kind of hitter to the middle of the order, I’m pumped. I can’t wait.”

It’s hard to argue that a summer of big spending hasn’t improved the Orioles, but it’s still hard to see them finishing better than fourth in the American League East with this projected lineup: 1. Brian Roberts; 2. Nick Markakis; 3. Derrek Lee; 4. Vladimir Guerrero; 5. Luke Scott; 6. Mark Reynolds; 7. Adam Jones; 8. Matt Wieters; and 9. J.J. Hardy.

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