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Guerrero's stay in Montreal appears over

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Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - It seems 's tenure with the Montreal has come to a close. On Sunday night, the announced they declined to offer salary arbitration to the four-time All-Star outfielder, and general manager Omar Minaya released a statement, thanking Guerrero for his seven-plus years of service with the team. "On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank for representing the -- as well as the city of Montreal -- in a first-class fashion the last seven-plus years," said Minaya. "While we worked hard at extending our relationship with Vladimir, including a revised offer on Friday that sparked further discussions, the will not be tendering an offer of salary arbitration. I wish Vladimir and his family all the best, both on and off the field. Tomorrow, we will continue preparations for the 2004 season."

Since the didn't offer salary arbitration to Guerrero before the midnight (et) deadline on Sunday, they lost the rights to negotiate with him until May 1st.

The 27-year-old Guerrero is expected to be courted by several teams. The Baltimore are one of the clubs that reportedly have interest in signing the slugger.

This past season, Guerrero hit .330 with 25 homers and 79 RBI over 112 contests. He missed nearly six week of action in the middle of the season due to a herniated disc in his lower back. Before this injury-plagued season, Guerrero had at least 30 homers and 100 RBI in five straight seasons.

Since breaking into the majors in 1996 with the , Guerrero has hit .323 with 234 homers and 702 RBI.

The also announce they have declined to offer salary arbitration to infielder , third baseman , first baseman and right-handed pitcher .

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