There are conflicting reports this morning from the Dominican Republic regarding the legendary Pedro Guerrero, all of them bad.
As compiled by J.P. Hoornstra of the O.C. Register, one reporter is saying that Guerrero has died. Another tweets that Guerrero is brain dead. ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reports that Guerrero suffered a stroke. Another says Guerrero suffered a heart attack. Guerrero suffered a stroke two years ago but had since recovered.
Guerrero played 15 season in the big leagues, ten full seasons and one partial season with the Dodgers, four full and one partial season with the Cardinals. An astoundingly good hitter in a low-offensive era, Guerrero posted a career line of .300/.370/.480, which is an OPS+ of 137. For reference, that’s Josh Donaldson‘s current career OPS+ and Will Clark’s career OPS+.
In 1985 Guerrero led the league in on-base and slugging percentage. He was a five-time All-Star. He won a silver slugger award in 1982. He was the MVP of the 1981 World Series, driving in seven runs and knocking four extra-base hits including two homers in the six-game series.
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All of that is pretty amazing but, despite those gaudy stats, Guerrero was one of the more underrated stars of his era, primarily because he was a defensive liability, even as he played both infield corners, all three outfield positions and even 12 games at second base. As Hoornstra notes, Guerrero abused alcohol and drugs during his playing career, making one wonder what he could’ve done had he taken a healthier approach to things.
Though his situation now sounds dire, here’s hoping for the best for one of baseball’s truly unique talents.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.
Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.
Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.
It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.
Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.