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April 04, 2011
Though signing Vladimir Guerrero late in the off-season seemed to be effective bargain hunting by Andy MacPhail, it's not clear that Guerrero, 36, has a place on the Orioles' roster. He has no business playing the outfield—his defensive numbers in limited time in right last year were terrible, and his work in Game 1 of the World Series was so bad that Texas manager Ron Washington benched him for Game 2—so Guerrero can help a team only as a DH. That's why Guerrero was available cheaply one year ago, when the Rangers signed him, and why he sat on the market this year until February. The Orioles, though, have lefthanded slugger Luke Scott, who is four years younger and has been a better hitter (.865 OPS) than Guerrero (.823) over the past two seasons. Scott shouldn't be allowed to wear a fielder's glove either but he should start over Guerrero at DH against righthanders. The best Orioles lineup features Felix Pie, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis across the outfield, with Scott at DH. If Guerrero is much more than a platoon DH—that is, if Buck Showalter bases playing time on a career stat line rather than who his best players are today—it will cost the O's.
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April 04, 2011

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Though signing Vladimir Guerrero late in the off-season seemed to be effective bargain hunting by Andy MacPhail, it's not clear that Guerrero, 36, has a place on the Orioles' roster. He has no business playing the outfield—his defensive numbers in limited time in right last year were terrible, and his work in Game 1 of the World Series was so bad that Texas manager Ron Washington benched him for Game 2—so Guerrero can help a team only as a DH. That's why Guerrero was available cheaply one year ago, when the Rangers signed him, and why he sat on the market this year until February. The Orioles, though, have lefthanded slugger Luke Scott, who is four years younger and has been a better hitter (.865 OPS) than Guerrero (.823) over the past two seasons. Scott shouldn't be allowed to wear a fielder's glove either but he should start over Guerrero at DH against righthanders. The best Orioles lineup features Felix Pie, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis across the outfield, with Scott at DH. If Guerrero is much more than a platoon DH—that is, if Buck Showalter bases playing time on a career stat line rather than who his best players are today—it will cost the O's.

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