Vladimir Guerrero has been unemployed since the Blue Jays released him from their Triple-A team in June, but the former MVP is attempting a comeback.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrero is looking to sign with an MLB team and would be willing to accept a minor-league contract.
Guerrero played a dozen games in the minors for the Blue Jays last season and hit well, at which point he gave the team a “call me up or release me” ultimatum and they released him. Presumably he’s willing to show a little more patience this time around, although after following up his career-worst 2011 production by sitting out nearly an entirely season it may be too late at age 38.
Jim Thome has been unsuccessfully looking for work all offseason, so the market for aging designated hitters isn’t a strong one.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.