It didn't bother Seattle when the Angels let outfielder-DH Vladimir Guerrero leave in free agency in November - Guerrero had long been one of the bigger Mariners killers in the game.
Still, it's not good news that Guerrero signed a contract to play for the Texas Rangers next year and possibly beyond. For one thing, if the Mariners want to win the American League West they have to leap-frog the Angels and Rangers.
In 98 career games against Seattle, Vlad batted .352 with 28 home runs and 84 RBI. That's serious damage.
Now, imagine Guerrero - even a fading Guerrero - hitting 81 games a year in the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. A hitter's dream, that stadium, and Vlad has played 50 games there in his career. In those games, he's batted .394 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI.
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Texas manager Ron Washington is already penciling Guerrero into his batting order as a cleanup-hitting DH behind outfielder Josh Hamilton.
If there's a silver lining for the Mariners, it's imagining how much Vlad will want to beat the Angels each time he sees them.
- Erik Bedard remains prominent on Baltimore's radar, and team president Andy MacPhail thinks the free agent lefty will be ready sooner than expected in 2010.
- Hard not to root for Milwaukee left-hander Chris Capuano, who thinks he'll go to spring healthy for the first time since 2007. Since then he's had two 'Tommy John' surgeries.
- Shortstop Khalil Greene signed a $750,000 deal with the Rangers as a reserve infielder. Given his recent history - he went on the DL last year with St. Louis for a stress disorder - quietly sliding back into baseball is probably a good idea.
- The Padres haven't done much this off-season, but they're talking to former Mariners outfielder Randy Winn.
- The Twins offered Jarrod Washburn a one-year, $5 million contract and he declined. Washburn, who once thought 2009 would be his final season, is looking for a two-year deal.