Why wasn't there a feeding frenzy for Vladimir Guerrero in the off-season? Surely big-market teams loaded with aging vets—like the Giants, Mets and Yankees—are kicking themselves for not signing him.
Chung Iron, Silicon Valley, Calif.
VERDUCCI: There's nothing like a back injury to scare off teams, and that's what happened to Vlady. Even though Guerrero came back from the injury and played well late last season, teams still had doubts. He would have been just what the Mets needed, but fresh off the Mo Vaughn disaster, they were gun-shy. The Giants didn't have the money, the Yanks' George Steinbrenner had his heart set on Gary Sheffield, and the Orioles tried to get Guerrero, but he didn't want them. There's no doubt that the Angels got themselves a true franchise hitter.