Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback at age 38

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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.

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.