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ESPN: Vladimir Guerrero Signs With The Orioles

Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports via twitter that Vladimir Guerrero got his eight million after all from the Baltimore Orioles. Reports have surfaced recently suggesting that the Rangers offered Guerrero a one-year deal at $8.5 million prior to seriously pursuing Adrian Beltre and that Guerrero turned that down, hoping to receive a two-year deal from someone. Estimates of the Orioles' offer to Guerrero recently had the figure as low as $3 million, so this number certainly takes some of the pressure off of his advisors.

Michael Young rumors aside, the Rangers publicly moved on from Vlad after signing Beltre and sealed that with their acquisition of Mike Napoli, a prime candidate for at bats against left-handed pitchers.

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So Vlad's tenure with the Rangers lasts just the one year, but it was quite a year. He made his ninth all-star team after lighting up the league in the first half, then faded badly late in the season. After being a part of a group that brought the Rangers back to the playoffs after a ten-year absence, he struggled badly in the playoffs, hitting .220/.242/.271, and was predictably a mess defensively in the World Series. But he will always have the three-run double that gave the Rangers the lead over the Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS and essentially sent them to their first World Series.

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Farewell, Vladdy, and may you give your division rivals all kinds of trouble like you did in the West.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.