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Is Vladimir Guerrero Headed to Miami Marlins to Contribute as a Pinch Hitter?

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30:  Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on prior to their game against the New York Yankees on July 30, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMarch 2, 2012

Vladimir Guerrero is having a difficult time finding work and if he wants to play for a Major League ball club this year, he might have to accept a bench role for a National League team.

Guerrero has told a Dominican newspaper, El Caribe that the Miami Marlins have reached out to him. Vlad told the paper that they were interested in him as a pinch hitter and to hit for the pitcher.

Miami has one of the more potent lineups in the National League, so it would be interesting to see if Guerrero signed on to be a part of a team that has potential to win the World Series.

The Marlins are stacked this year, so there is nowhere for Guerrero to start. Even if there was a spot in the lineup, he is a high risk in the outfield with his aging legs. 

Vlad can still be productive at the plate, but finding somewhere for him to fit in for an MLB team will be tough. According to Ken Davidoff, representatives for Guerrero had reached out to the New York Yankees before they signed Raul Ibanez.

He can still be a successful DH but has not had any success finding work, especially at the salary he is looking for. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported in early February that Guerrero was looking for $5 million this season.

In 2011 as DH for the Baltimore Orioles, he played in 145 games. He hit 30 doubles, 13 home runs, drove in 63 RBI and hit .290. In his career he has 449 home runs.

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