Vladimir Guerrero Gets His Release

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Toronto Blue Jays have released Vladimir Guerrero after the 37 year old gave them a call me up or let me go ultimatum following last night’s Triple A game in Las Vegas. Guerrero is not retiring. Instead, he will look elsewhere for work at the Major League level.

There was some confusion earlier surrounding whether or not Guerrero calling it quits meant retiring from baseball or merely opting out of his Minor League deal with the Blue Jays, which gave him that option yesterday. Still, his comments to reporter Hector Gomez aren’t likely to help his pursuit of another opportunity.

Promises made to me were not fulfilled. I am not a child. One day I heard one thing and the next day another. I left the team, right now I am at home in Anaheim. I was not treated as a professional. I am not a boy. I proved that I’m ready, I have nothing more to prove in the minors with the numbers that I put. Last night after the game I sent my letter of resignation to the organization. I am not a boy. I demand respect. Let me make it clear I did not take this decision lightly, and had warned it would if I was not satisfied.

This seems to be a rather large overstatement, considering what General Manager Alex Anthopoulos said to the press at the time of the Guerrero signing:

It’s strictly a matter of, there’s no such thing as a bad Minor League contract. There’s no guarantees on behalf of the club. There is no financial commitment. We continue to look for depth in all areas whenever we can. Any time we have a chance to get someone on a Minor League contract, we almost always explore it because you never know if someone can get lighting in a bottle.

We’re not adding anybody to the Major League roster. This isn’t someone right now that we’re prepared to say is going to be up in Toronto. I have no idea how he’s going to look, how’s he going to perform, how he’s going to play. There is no risk and no downside and at a minimum it provides depth. Certainly, there’s the upside that he could play very well and be a factor for us.

I suppose there could’ve been promises made in private, but outside of last night’s performance, there was absolutely no reason to believe that Guerrero would offer anything of value at the Major League level, and giving in to his demands by calling him up would’ve quite simply been a mistake.

Comments (24)

  1. As a fan of Vlad and the Jays, I have to say I was really pulling for this to work. But you are right Parkes; they couldn’t cave in to this demand.

  2. +1 to AA. Horrible look for Vlad.

  3. I’d much rather have Yan Gomes filling that spot anyway.

  4. Great, now I can’t like Vlad anymore. I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, but he’s leaving me with no choice.

  5. We kind of all knew Vlad wasn’t the answer to our problems, with that being said when do we actually get ball players who can actually still play.
    I like AA but jesus where could this team be if he if actually signed a decent starter.
    This offseason he knew Mcgowan, Cecil, Drabek were not sure thing’s, he knew Lind and Thames were terrible yet he did nothing.
    I can’t fault him with the bullpen; on paper it looked very nice… still could.
    I’m not mad it’s just a sport, but you look who we run out there and think wow, if we had a better bench, Lind didn’t play. Someone in LF and with Rasmus and EE playing like they have this year we could actually make that second wild card… or be close.

    Instead we have another year where we steped back; in the sense that EE and Johnson might not be here in 2013. Escobar could be gone next year, JP as well. We have no 1B and Drabek and Alvarez dont look very dependable to hold the opposition off. Alvarez can eat innings but he’s not going to throw to many low scoring game’s.
    2013: Looks to be a transition year, a lot of young kids just getting their feet wet.
    Hech, D’arnaud might be in the lineup. ? in the rotaion, ? in LF, ? 2B, ? 1B… who knows what this team looks like?

    It’s still early to not think about 2013; but then you look at the free agents, there’re none this team will sign.
    You look at who might be traded, and realize it’s going to be a short list. Everyone just get’s locked up now.
    Anyways just a random thought.

    • Why would Escobar be gone? we have him for 3 more years at 5m a season. Johnson might leave but considering he’s not having an overwhelming season right now he wouldn’t be too difficult to re-sign and if he doesleave and we make him a qualifying offer, we get a comp pick for him which will be even more valuable now since their much harder to obtain.

      What did you expect A.A. to do in the offseason sign Pujols/Fielder? Those are great looking investment right now…outside of those two there were no legitimate upgrades at first base, other than Beltran, who said no to toronto! You can’t get those so called veteran upgrades on your team until your a winning team.

      Also what starter did you expect him to bring in? The only starter that would make a difference in the jays chances are a #1 starter, and the best starters available this past offseason was C.J. motherfucking wilson and Yu Darvish, both of which seem more like1A type guys.

      That wasn’t a random thought, that was a rant by the way.

      • Logic I think your confusing me for one of those blue Jays fans that wanted a boat load of money droped off at Fielders fat house.
        I was just thinking towards 2013, where do they put Hec and others.
        I think Edwin jackson would have been a good pickup… one year deal.

        I’m not so sure they offer the 12 million to Johnson and EE, they might but if they both accept that’s 24 million spent on two players.
        AA could be raising payroll next year, but I don’t see it.

      • johnson is having an exceptional season. pull your head out. the fucking dummies will be out in full force today with the vlad deal.

  6. There’s… long thought.

  7. you will release a demanding out of his fucking mind vlad and the tears will flow from all the dumbasses living in yesteryear who thought he would be spectacular even in left field. thanks to vlad for making the decision easy. fuck off all of you who thought he was the answer to anything except hit the road fucker.

    • blue jays horoscope, ur an idiot. johnson is not having an exceptional season at all (strikeouts and average are killing him).

  8. I guess it’s not something to really worry about, but Jose was so stoked when they first signed Vlad. Hope this doesn’t rub him the wrong way, or give the Jays a bad rep around the baseball player world.

  9. haha dustin deleted my post, guess my comment was accurate

  10. Is this the end for Vlad?


  11. I’m very disappointed in Vlad. This was very selfish. He was batting .303 in AAA… Worse than Lind and weak hitting Hechavarria… What had he proven? Also, he can’t play a lick of defense anymore and the Jays enter NL parks for Interleague next week making Vlad less than useless.

    Why did he think he’d be called up for that? I doubt very much AA promised anything but a chance, which he gave, and Vlad let his prema dona side get the best of him. Whatever. Let’s see what team signs him and how he does. He was never the messiah nor the guy to put the Jays over the top, just another piece, so I doubt he gets much a look elsewhere.

    We will see.

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