Vlad, Texas Ranger? Studriffic Lands in Kansas City

One of the best hitters of the last decade, Vladimir Guerrero, is likely wondering how he’s going to deal with a $7 million cut in pay…  Sports Illustrated reports that Vlad and the Rangers have a deal in the works possibly worth $5 million a year plus incentives, but Vlad may not be on board with that kid of cut.  I like the idea of Guerrero as their DH, but we’ll have to see how it plays out.  Now, last year was the first full season where Vlad didn’t get his batting average over .300 and his power numbers were off (and have been since leaving Montreal), so it’s not certain that he’s going to be the big time producer he’s been.  I mean – Vlad’s entering his 15th season.  But, for a year, I’d love to see him get a shot.  [SI]

Brett Myers, formerly of Philadelphia, will be joining Pedro Feliz in Houston – pending a physical.  Myers can pitch, but he’s been a bit of a health risk (hip surgery last year).  It’s a one-year deal worth $5 million plus incentives, as well as a mutual option for 2011.  He’d been pretty dependable before, so I think he’ll be okay – and at $5 million, he’s a bit of a bargain.  [ESPN]

A busy off season for Seattle continues as Franklin Gutierrez – a key member of last year’s surge to the top of the division – signed a four year extension worth more than $20 million.  The kid hit, he flew around centerfield, and made a lot of pitchers happy in the spacious confines of Safeco Field.  [MLB]

Scott (Studriffic) Podsednik is a Kansas City Royal, signing a one-year deal worth $1.75 million plus incentives and a variety of options going forward.  He’s a less powerful, slightly older version of Coco Crisp (also considerably cheaper) – coming off an okay season in Chicago.  He may slide into the leadoff spot on a team that doesn’t believe in on base percentage.   Signing Podsednik means less playing time for Brian Anderson.   (Whew.)  [FoxSports]

The Mets miss planes flying over head, huh?  So, they signed a pitcher with the career ERA of a jetliner…  New York claimed Jay Marshall after he was waived by the A’s.  In the minors, Jay Marshall kept his ERA down by throwing side-armed pitches for strikes – hardly walking anybody.  However, he doesn’t strike people out either, and at the major league level, he’s too careful – leading to a career ERA of 7.66.  So, this is just organizational depth.  [MLB]

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