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1. Vladimir Guerrero So what does it say about the bizarre pace of the baseball offseason that Saddam Hussein was acquired before Vladimir Guerrero?

 

 

A) It's gotta be collusion? B) Baseball needs to start hiring special-ops forces instead of advance scouts? C) Not only is there no place to move the Expos -- there's not even a place to move FORMER Expos? Or D) most of the teams that want him claim to have lost more money lately than Enron?

 

 

Well, it might be none of the above. Or it might be all of the above. But it still boggles the mind that a 27-year-old free agent, who could be a franchise player for just about any franchise on the planet, has been actively looking for work for more than a month -- and still doesn't have a team of his own.

 

 

That quest could finally end this week, however. Guerrero's agent, Fernando Cuza, will be in Baltimore on Wednesday for a press conference to introduce another SFX client, Miguel Tejada. And at some point during that visit, negotiations are expected to resume on a deal that could turn Guerrero into the latest, greatest package in Peter Angelos' holiday shopping spree.

 

 

But is Baltimore where Guerrero really wants to spend the next five, six or seven years of his life?

 

 

Friends continue to suggest he's concerned about the weather, the lack of a Latino community in Baltimore and the small number of Spanish-speaking players on the Orioles. And he has reportedly told those same friends that in an ideal world, where all offers were equal, his preference is to sign with Florida.

 

 

The trouble is, you can't sign what you haven't been offered. And the Marlins have yet to make any size, shape or flavor of a financial offer, according to baseball people who have spoken to Guerrero's agents and to the Marlins.

 

 

The buzz is that owner Jeffrey Loria is trying to determine whether he can come up with the same kind of "special money" the Marlins used last winter to sign Pudge Rodriguez. But if Loria is planning to scrounge up that cash, he'd better head down to the old Savings and Loan in a hurry.

 

 

At the moment, there is exactly one team actively bidding on Guerrero. And that's the Orioles. They've already added one prominent Dominican player (Tejada) to their cast. They're about to sign a Spanish-speaking catcher (either Pudge Rodriguez or Javy Lopez). So they've already paved the way for their team to be a more desirable attraction. And they would like to close this deal in the next week.

 

 

So unless Florida makes a quick, sincere, legitimate move in Guerrero's direction, you can expect one more magical name to start collecting his mail in the shadow of the B&O Warehouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok so we know Vlad likes the Marlins and the Marlins like Vlad. Come up with the money Loria please!!!!!

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Friends continue to suggest he's concerned about the weather, the lack of a Latino community in Baltimore and the small number of Spanish-speaking players on the Orioles. And he has reportedly told those same friends that in an ideal world, where all offers were equal, his preference is to sign with Florida.

 

unload Red, and than Vladimir Guerrero will be in Teal.

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Looks like we offered a contract already.

 

http://www.sunspot.net/sports/baseball/bal...ports-headlines

Yeah, that doesn't seem too factual to me. He isn't "considering" the $65 million offer from the O's; according to ESPN Insider, he rejected that on Friday. No Florida paper has reported an offer, and according to Berardino's column this moring, we're exploring possibilities from a 1 year deal to a 10 year deal. We'll see, but like that article said with LA, I wouldn't offer Vlad more than 5 years with his back issues. Loria is looking at it long and hard which makes you believe we'll make at least one push to get him...

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Looks like we offered a contract already.

 

http://www.sunspot.net/sports/baseball/bal...ports-headlines

Yeah, that doesn't seem too factual to me. He isn't "considering" the $65 million offer from the O's; according to ESPN Insider, he rejected that on Friday. No Florida paper has reported an offer, and according to Berardino's column this moring, we're exploring possibilities from a 1 year deal to a 10 year deal. We'll see, but like that article said with LA, I wouldn't offer Vlad more than 5 years with his back issues. Loria is looking at it long and hard which makes you believe we'll make at least one push to get him... His back issues are part of the reason why he left the spos. (Turf)

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The more the O's play "hard to get" the better. That article showed that the O's know the market, and aren't going to cave in to Guerrero's demands. Maybe they haggle themselves right into a range that Loria can compete with.

 

Hopefully, the Marlins didn't put all their eggs into the stadium-clause basket. Maybe that's why the special money is being dug up?

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Freddy is down in the Dominican talking to Vlad and his mother...a good sign it can only help :confused

Thanks Ed.....always best to talk to the player and not the agent.

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Two major league sources said Guerrero's initial proposal to the Orioles was for eight years, $145 million. An Orioles official said he started crunching the numbers - $18.1 million per year - and winced.

 

 

 

 

WHOA

 

 

YIKES That was probably just a "Let's see if they are stupid and desperate enough to accept this" offer.

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We will see. Clearly, Vlad is going to have to accept less money AND any money is going to be backloaded and tied to a stadium deal. I think the article got it right by mentioning we were offering a deal to Vlad like we did to Lowell. This seems to be a battle between newspapers more than anything - the Balt. Sun ups the ante, then the Sun-Sentinel ups it. Who knows how this thing is going - but I think we are the preferred place for Vlad, but the money makes us a longshot.

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