The Toronto Blue Jays surprised many yesterday by opening their wallets and signing a player very familiar to Canadian baseball fans.
Former Montreal Expo Vladimir Guerrero is coming back to Canada and to play in Toronto.
Guerrero, a native of the Dominican Republic, played with the Expos from 1996-2003 and was a four time all-star over that time, before moving on to play with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.
Guerrero could be a key component the Blue Jays need. A key bat in the middle of the lineup. Guerrero obviously doesn’t have as much speed as he used to but continues to hit the ball with consistency, something Toronto needs with the early struggles of Jose Bautista. Last year, Guerrero hit .290.
It is also interesting that Guerrero’s most recent team the Orioles, is the club Toronto is trying to catch in the American League East. Toronto is two games back of Baltimore and Tampa Bay.
Speaking about the Orioles, I am not convinced yet about their pitching. In two games this week against Texas, they gave up 24 runs. Josh Hamilton also became only the 16th player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game.