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After a dismal 2009 season, a rejuvenated Vladimir Guerrero produced once again in 2010, this time for the Texas Rangers. Guerrero hit .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs last season for the Rangers, who made their first ever World Series appearance.
Following an injury-plagued 2009 season, the Angels were quick to dump Vlad, who had given them five seasons as the team's best hitter. Written off by many baseball enthusiasts, Guerrero found a home in Arlington as the Rangers' designated hitter.
Nobody, perhaps not even the Rangers themselves, expected such a great season from the 35-year-old.
This year, it is certain that Guerrero will not be overlooked by anybody. However, potential buyers beware: Vlad is a risk that some may not be willing to take.
Guerrero, especially at this juncture in his career, is extremely injury prone, and is limited exclusively to the role of designated hitter.
(If you want proof, take a look back to this year's World Series, when the Rangers attempted to play Vlad in right field. It was not a pretty sight to see.)
The chances of Guerrero staying healthy for an entire season, as he did in 2010, are highly unlikely in the years to come. In addition, following a great season, Vlad will likely be asking far too high for his services.
If Guerrero is given a high-priced contract, no matter its length, it could be one of the biggest risks of this year's free agency.