Rangers sign Vladimir Guerrero

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T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have come to terms with free agent Vladimir Guerrero.

A source tells Sullivan it is a one-year deal with an option for 2011.

Guerrero, who turns 35 in February, batted .295/.334/.460 with 15 homers and 50 RBI in 383 at-bats last season. His 794 OPS was his lowest since he had a cup of coffee with the Expos in 1994.

Guerrero is expected to be utilized as Texas’ primary designated hitter next season. He has a .394/.471/.705 batting line with 14 homers, 33 RBI and a 1175 OPS in 50 career games at the Ballpark at Arlington. Sounds like a pretty good fit for all involved.

Update: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Guerrero will earn a $5 million base salary with additional performance incentives.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: