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Blue Jays Release Ex-MVP Vlad Guerrero From Minor-League Deal

June 12, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays granted Vladimir Guerrero’s request to be released from his minor-league contract, making the 2004 American League Most Valuable Player a free agent.

Guerrero, 37, signed with the Blue Jays last month and was hitting .303 with four runs batted in over eight games for the team’s Triple-A minor-league affiliate. He also had four homers and eight RBI in four games at the Class-A level.

Guerrero now can sign with any team after asking the Blue Jays to promote him to the majors or release him, said.

In 16 Major League Baseball seasons, Guerrero has a .318 average with 449 home runs, 1,496 runs batted in, 181 stolen bases and 477 doubles. He’s topped 25 home runs and 100 RBI in the same season 10 times, most recently in 2010. Guerrero has played for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

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