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.

Melvin Upton released by the Giants

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have released outfielder Melvin Upton. He requested his release.

Upton, who turned 33 yesterday, signed with San Francisco in early April after the Blue Jays released him. It was a minor league deal. After recovering from a rash of minor injuries, Upton batted .244/.306/.333 in 12 games at Triple-A Sacramento. There was no indication that the Giants were going to call him up. I presume that, back when they signed him, they figured they’d be contending and could maybe use a veteran bat. That’s obviously not the case anymore.

I suppose it’s possible that someone gives Upton a look when rosters expand in eight days, but I figure it’s more likely that we’ll next see him as he fights to make a team on a minor league deal next spring.

Carlos Santana left last night’s game with back tightness

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Andrew Miller leaving last night’s Indians-Red Sox game got all the press, but the Indians lost another key player in the game as well: Carlos Santana. He was forced to leave after going 0-for-3. There was no followup announcement after the game, so he’s likely being reevaluated.

Santana is hitting .250/.355/.446 on the year, but he’s been pretty hot of late, hitting .375 with a couple of homers in the past week.