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Where Do Vlad and the other DH/1b/LF Players End Up?

Per Mlbtraderumors.com, the Ranges are out on Vladimir Guerrero

Most of the offseason thoughts were that the Rangers were going to bring Vlad back it was just a matter of cost.  The Adrian Beltre signing by Texas has resulted in the addition of Vladimir Guerrero into the pool of available bats on the market.  There are a number of guys out there that are available and have a restricted number of teams willing to take on a no glove outfielder.

Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Valdimir Guerrero, Russell Branyan, and Johnny Damon all have the desire to play in 2011 but the pool of available is shrinking.  Can any of these guys still bring a glove with them wherever they go?  I suppose Damon and Ramirez could give a team some innings in LF and Branyan could provide a stationary part over at 1b, but I would think the focus of signing these guys should remain in the American League as most of their time in 2011 will probably be spent at DH.

Jim Thome doesn't seem to be a fit in Minnesota as he is a left handed DH who will lose at bats with the return of a healthy Justin Morneau.  In my opinion, Vlad Guerrero would be a good fit with the Twins as he'd add a right handed bat to the middle of their lineup.  

Jim Thome would fit perfectly with the Tampa Bay Rays who could use the power in the middle of the lineup and to serve as protection for Evan Longoria.  Thome would also be paired with a manager in Joe Maddon who believes in granting his players time off to keep them fresh for the season.  This arrangement would work out well for the  soon to be 41 year old Jim Thome.

Johnny Damon would probably fit best in Anaheim where he could roll around between LF/DH and give Mike Soscia at bats at the top of the lineup.  Would Anaheim look to move Mike Napoli in order to sign a Johnny Damon or Vlad Guerrero?

This leaves Manny Ramirez and Russell Branyan out in the breeze.  Ramirez is coming off surgery and a disappointing finish to the 2010 season in Chicago.  Branyan is coming off of two years where he did what Russell Branyan does, and that is hit home runs.  He has a bulky back that likes to flare up from time to time and he isn't known to be the best clubhouse guy, but at aroudn 1.5 to 2.0 million you could buy 20 home runs from a part time player.

 

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