Source: Orioles, Guerrero agree to deal

BY Ken Rosenthal • February 4, 2011

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with free-agent Vladimir Guerrero, according to source.

A significant portion of the $8 million will be deferred. The deal, first reported by ESPN Deportes, is pending a physical.

Guerrero hit .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBIs last season for the AL champion Texas Rangers.

With the acquisition of Guerrero as DH, Luke Scott would likely become the regular left fielder, with the speedy Felix Pie serving as his late-inning replacement.

O's president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has dramatically changed Baltimore's roster this offseason in an effort to end the team's franchise-record run of 13 consecutive losing seasons.

It's already been a hectic offseason for MacPhail, who decided against playing a pat hand despite Baltimore's 34-23 finish in 2010 under new manager Buck Showalter.

First, MacPhail obtained third baseman Mark Reynolds from Arizona for right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. Then he got shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Brendan Harris from Minnesota for minor league right-handers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson.

MacPhail followed those deals by signing free agent first baseman Derrek Lee and closer Kevin Gregg.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)



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