Vladimir Guerrero fell to the Orioles right at the end of free agency on a one year deal for $5 million with another $3 million in deferred payments. While it was a steep price, Guerrero is a sure thing for the Hall of Fame and is still one of the most potent bats in the league.
Guerrero is certainly not the player he was in his prime years in Montreal and Los Angeles, but teams will certainly take a look at him at the deadline, especially since the Orioles will most likely be sellers.
Guerrero has many pluses for whoever does want him. He is coming off of a terrific game against the Nationals (which I was lucky enough to attend), where he went 1-for-4 with a clutch two-run homer in the seventh that brought the Orioles from down one to up one. The one run lead stood up and gave the Orioles a series win against their Beltway rival.
Beyond the heroic game yesterday, he is hitting .309 with five home runs and 19 RBI in the cleanup spot for the O's. He is still the same free swinger that he has always been and has continued to back up his reputation as the best bad ball hitter in Major League history.
The negative on Guerrero is his fielding.
His legs aren't there anymore, so his range is extremely limited. He was known for having one of the strongest arms in the outfield, which is likely still there, but he hasn't had a chance to show it off. These defensive shortcomings will likely scare away all 16 NL teams, limiting his market to the 13 AL clubs.
Here are five teams that could use his bat and will be in discussions with the Orioles at the trade deadline.