It was only a matter of time before some AL team would scoop up Vladimir Guerrero as their DH for 2010, and the Rangers got a bargain, I think, in signing Vlad to a one year $5 million deal over the weekend.
Vlad is coming off his worst season in the majors going 15-50-.295-.334-.460 in 383 ABs in 2009. He moves to a fabulous hitters park in a lineup that features Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz to name a few.
Guerrero will bat cleanup and provide protection in the order for Josh Hamilton. One of the main reasons why the Rangers signed him was how well he has hit at The Ballpark in Arlington. This from T.R Sullivan over at MLB.com:
Guerrero's .396 career average against the Rangers is the highest of any opponent with at least 150 at-bats against them and his .394 batting average and .705 slugging percentage at the Ballpark in Arlington are the highest by any player with at least 50 games played there.
Former Fake Teams writer/manager, Eric Hinz, thinks Guerrero is a fantasy sleeper in 2010. Check out what he had to say about Vlad over at Fantasy Alpha.