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Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby CBMGreatOne » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:22 pm

ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas reports that the Orioles and Vladimir Guerrero have agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal.
The Orioles finally caved in. Just a week ago they reportedly were willing to stand firm at $4.5-5 million, but they've decided to give in to Vlad's demands even though they had appeared to be his only real pursuer. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says a "significant" portion of the money will be deferred. Ultimately, it's not a bad price to pay for a guy that hit .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI this past season. His addition strengthens the middle of what suddenly is a legitimate lineup. Felix Pie figures to lose the most playing time as a result of the move, while Luke Scott will shift from DH to left field. Feb. 4 - 6:10 pm et

I wasn't ever particularly worried that he wouldn't sign, but I guess this really solidifies him as a top 100 pick easily with top 40 potential. Only having utility eligibility hurts, but now that Yahoo has 2 UTIL spot, I'm not going to downgrade him too much.

I don't see why he won't go 80/25/100 with a .280 BA and his upside is even better than that. I'm thinking around pick 75, he starts to get interesting.
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby nsulham » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:49 pm

I suppose I'm missing something here but Vlad played 18 games in the OF last season. Shouldn't that make him OF-eligible in Yahoo?
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:00 pm

he is but outside of yahoo, i don't think he's eligible. i think espn requires 20 games or something, not sure about cbs sportsline.

either way, i don't think he puts up those numbers again. that lineup in texas was loaded. 1 positive is that he'll play half of his games at camden yards.
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby nsulham » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:18 pm

I don't want to compare Baltimore to Texas but you have to figure Vlad will find himself in the middle of a Roberts/Markakis/Jones/Reynolds/Lee group. Again, not Texas but you could do a lot worse than that lineup.
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby CBMGreatOne » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:49 pm

nsulham wrote:I don't want to compare Baltimore to Texas but you have to figure Vlad will find himself in the middle of a Roberts/Markakis/Jones/Reynolds/Lee group. Again, not Texas but you could do a lot worse than that lineup.


Exactly, which is why I don't think it is presumptuous to project him for something like 85% of his production from a year ago with some additional upside. That's a very productive utility player. I was pretty sure that in the mocks I've done at mockdraftcentral (not spamming, just stating fact), Vlad was UTIL only. I've done a couple Yahoo style mocks and I'm pretty sure I would have noticed. Can anyone confirm his eligibility on Yahoo? Isn't it something like 5 games started or 10 games played at any position?

Is it possible that he didn't meet the OF eligibility requirement?
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby wrveres » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:50 am

Does this kill Luke Scotts value, or what. :-t
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby kab21 » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:56 am

wrveres wrote:Does this kill Luke Scotts value, or what. :-t


Back into some sort of platoon as far as I can see. Or trade bait. But who is taking his PT in LF? Pie? Riemold? Other?
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby wrveres » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:01 am

Im guessing its a platoon too. I'm thinking Pie/Scott. Pie is the better defender of the three if i remember correctly.
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby wrveres » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:03 am

CBMGreatOne wrote:Can anyone confirm his eligibility on Yahoo? Isn't it something like 5 games started or 10 games played at any position?

Is it possible that he didn't meet the OF eligibility requirement?


he will be OF in Yahoo.
he started 16 games last year in the OF.
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Re: Vlad signs with Orioles

Postby thejusman1 » Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:50 pm

Looks like the AL East has another legitimate offense...
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