Marlins lookin' into Vladimir Guerrero for Bench Role
The Marlins are interested in shoring up their bench by
signing OF Vladimir Guerrero, the veteran told Julio E.
Castro C. at the Dominican paper El Caribe. However,
neither Guerrero nor manager Ozzie Guillen is entirely
comfortable with what a move back to the NL would
signify for the 37-year-old's career.
"The Marlins have shown interest in me, but to be on the
bench or to pinch hit for the pitcher. Ozzie Guillen didn't like
this, since he said I'm not that class of player," Guerrero told
Castro. Guerrero shares this hesitancy, adding, "I don't consider
myself a bench player, in spite of my age."
Despite Guillen's reservations, the match makes sense on
paper. The Marlins' 1st options off the bench are currently
lefties Chris Coghlan and Greg Dobbs, and Vlad and former
Marlin Derrek Lee are the strongest remaining righty batters.
Guerrero also said he considers himself a friend of Guillen,
whom he met when the Venezuelan was the Expos' 3B coach
in 2001. "In addition to that, I know the Marlins' owner
[Jeffrey Loria] very well, and I consider him a great person,"
Earlier this winter, Guerrero was reportedly open with
the Yankees about his desire to fill their DH vacancy.
In lieu of other offers, he indicated to Castro he was
willing to return to the junior circuit after 8 seasons
away. "For the moment, I'll continue waiting for
[the Marlins'] call," Guerrero said.
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