The report that Dominican first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sparked interest in the MLB trade market leaving fans wondering which teams could bet on him without his signing a contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays.
‘Vladdy’ said he wants to stay with the Blue Jays for the rest of his career, but calls from different organizations could tempt the franchise’s top brass, although it’s unlikely they’ll part ways with their best who is a bully.
Signed by Guerrero Jr. the most lucrative deal for a first baseman in years of salary arbitration by agreeing to $14.5 million with Toronto in 2023. It is understood that the Gold Glove winner wants a deal for 12 seasons and 25 years . 30 million dollars per year, making him one of the highest paid in baseball. At the very least, the Hall of Famer’s son wants a $300 million contract.
In 2023, the first baseman left an offensive line of .264/.345/.444 with 30 doubles, 26 home runs and 94 RBIs, which was invited to the All-Star Game despite leaving the numbers more under 2021 and 2022.
So, it’s no surprise that teams in need of a first baseman are picking up the phone. One of them could be the Houston Astros, who, knowing the age of José Abreu (36 years old), could give the first cushion to ‘Vladdy’ and replace him with the Cuban.
Another organization is the New York Mets, who if they finally decide to sell Pete Alonso are willing to get Guerrero Jr. and negotiate a contract extension in 2026.
The San Diego Padres could also talk to the Blue Jays, if they let go of Jake Cronenworth and Juan Soto. His arrival will be a balm for religious fans, who have two years of control before negotiating a new multi-year deal.