The latest from the Vlad Guerrero saga from Buster Olney:
The Vladimir Guerrero talks will gather some momentum in the next 48 hours, one way or another. The Orioles have an offer on the table; last week, Guerrero’s side informed them that they had an offer worth $8 million in play. It’s not clear what team would have made the $8 million offer.
That right there is what they call a “mystery team,” my friends. Pity that Guerrero’s agent isn’t as good at playing that game as Scott Boras is. Because really, I don’t think anyone believes it. I love Olney’s “It’s not clear …” sentence. I think it’s fair to translate as “no one on their right mind would believe …”
If I’m the Orioles I very graciously invite Mr. Guerrero to accept his $8 million offer and wish him good luck in his future endeavors. Then I mention that, in the unlikely event that the most generous offer the other team has made somehow falls though, the Orioles will be waiting for him. At approximately 75% of what the last offer was they had on the table.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.