Mike Scioscia has not ruled out Vladimir Guerrero returning to the Angels

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Now that the Rangers are “out” on re-signing Vladimir Guerrero there have been conflicting reports about his chances of returning to the Angels, but yesterday manager Mike Scioscia indicated during a radio interview that it remains a possibility:

Well, Vladdy’s been one of the guys obviously we’ve talked about for a while, and I think it’s the same situation. Vlad signed with the Rangers before last season because he was looking for a multi-year deal, a big deal at the time. We had to make a decision.

There was no way to commit to three or four years with Vlad, that we could go that route. If it is the same situation right now, obviously, nothing much would change, but he’s definitely a guy that’s very interesting to look at. I just don’t know if that extended deal is out there that he was looking for last year, a three- or four-year deal.

In other words, if he wants to accept a one-year deal the Angels could be interested. If not, they won’t be.

Scioscia talking about Guerrero looking for big multi-year deals is odd, because last offseason he managed only a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Rangers and there’s little to suggest he’s capable of getting a bigger offer this winter. There are limited suitors for a 36-year-old designated hitter who looked absolutely brutal in his few appearances as an outfielder, particularly with the Rangers dropping out, and Guerrero followed up a poor second half by hitting .220 with zero homers and a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 15 playoff games.

If the Angels are interested and have $5 million to spare, they can probably make a reunion happen.

Former Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos signs a minor league deal with the Dodgers

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Remember Manny Banuelos? He was once a top pitching prospect for the Yankees and then, apparently disappeared from the face of the earth. Or at least it felt like it. Now he’s in the news, however, as the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract.

OK, Banuelos didn’t disappear. He was traded to the Braves in 2015, had a cup of coffee with them, pitching pretty ineffectively in seven big league games, was released by Atlanta in the middle of 2016 and then latched on with the Angels. This past season he posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Banuelos pitched in the Future’s Game in 2009 and was a star in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. He was a top-50 prospect heading into 2011 before falling to Tommy John surgery in 2012. With Atlanta he suffered some bone spur problems and then some elbow issues that never resulted in surgery but which never subsided enough for him to fulfill his potential either. He suffered injuries. A lot of pitchers do.

It’s unrealistic to think that Banuelos will fulfill the promise he had six years ago, but he’s worth a minor league deal to see if the 26-year-old can at least be a serviceable reliever.