Rangers Agree to One-Year Deal With Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero


January 10, 2010

Rangers Agree to One-Year Deal With Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero ARLINGTON, Texas — Vladimir Guerrero is switching
sides in the AL West.

Guerrero has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas
Rangers, opting to stay in the same division where he helped the Los Angeles
Angels to five titles in the last six years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The
Associated Press about the agreement on Saturday, speaking on condition of
anonymity because the contract hasn't been finalized and is pending a physical.

Guerrero batted .295 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 100
games last season with the Angels, who lost to the New York Yankees in the AL
championship series. The aging slugger is a .394 career hitter at Rangers
Ballpark, with 14 homers and 33 RBIs in 50 games, and likely will serve as
Texas' primary designated hitter.

The Angels showed little interest this offseason in
retaining Guerrero, who had two stints on the disabled list in 2009 and turns 35
in February. Los Angeles signed free-agent slugger Hideki Matsui and kept Bobby
with a $19 million, two-year contract, leaving no room for Guerrero in the

Texas finished second in the West last year, 10 games
behind Los Angeles.

Guerrero, who spent six seasons with the Angels, is a
career .321 hitter with 407 homers and 1,318 RBIs over 14 years in the majors.

In the first 44 games of his career against the Rangers
(2004-06), Guerrero had one of baseball's most peculiar streaks. He had a
44-game hitting streak, the longest stretch by any player against one team since
at least 1957.

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