Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

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As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero.

Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million.

Baltimore understandably didn’t want to risk that for the slim chance he’d turn down arbitration and allow them to get a compensatory draft pick in return for his signing elsewhere.

They also declined to offer arbitration to Cesar Izturis, who earned $1.5 million while missing all but 18 games this year and will likely be looking for a bench job.