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Blue Jays Sign Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero to Minor-League Deal

May 11, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays, who are tied for third lowest in the American League with a club batting average of .238, signed nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract.

Guerrero, 37, will report to the Major League Baseball team’s extended spring training camp in Dunedin, Florida, the Blue Jays announced today in a statement on their website. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

In a 16-year career with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, Guerrero has a .318 average with 449 home runs, 1,496 runs batted in, 181 stolen bases and 477 doubles. He has topped 25 home runs and 100 RBIs in the same season 10 times, most recently in 2010.

The AL Most Valuable Player in 2004, Guerrero hit .290 with 13 home runs and 63 runs batted in over 145 games last season with the Orioles.

The Blue Jays (18-14) are tied with the Minnesota Twins for third-lowest team batting average in the league. The team’s 45 doubles are the fewest in baseball.

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