Stats: AVG .284 / HR 9 / RBI 35 / OBP .319
After having a monster season with the Texas Rangers, Vladimir Guerrero had re-invented himself as one of baseball’s elite power hitters.
Take into consideration that Guerrero accomplished that at the age of 35, while also winning an AL Silver Slugger last season.
But don't get carried away.
Throughout the history of baseball, teams have learned to take seasons, like Guerrero’s last year, with a grain of salt. Many GMs have lost their jobs offering ridiculous contracts to aging stars that re-lived their former glory for a season only to implode after signing for big money at the end of their career.
Evidently, Orioles GM Andy MacPhail was absent the day they taught history in GM school.
MacPhail avoided making a “terrible” mistake by not signing Guerrero to a multi-year deal. Instead he only made a really big mistake by giving him $3-$4 million more, this season, than any other team in baseball was willing to pay him.
It gets worse.
MacPhail bid against himself in the process of acquiring Guerrero. Initially the Orioles offered Guerrero a contract of $3-$5 million, which was a competitive offer. GMs throughout baseball were laughing at Guerrero's agent for requesting more than $5 million to sign him. Yet somehow as interest in Guerrero was waning MacPhail picked up the phone, called up Guerrero's agent, and sealed the deal -- for $8 million.
Apparently MacPhail was also absent the day they taught economics in GM school.
One look at Guerrero's stats this season and it is clear why Oriole fans and GM Andy MacPhail would want to clear his payroll via trade.
Waivers anyone? Doubtful.