O's make it official with Vlad
By Sports Network
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles made it official on Friday and signed designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year contract.
Financial details were not disclosed, but reports two weeks ago indicated that the deal will pay the former MVP $8 million plus incentives.
Guerrero hit .300 with 29 homers, 27 doubles and 115 RBI in 152 games for the AL champion Texas Rangers in 2010, his first and only season with the club.
Since breaking into the majors with Montreal at the tail end of the 1996 campaign, the 35-year-old Dominican slugger has batted .320 with 436 homers, 447 doubles and 1,433 RBI in 2,002 games with the Expos (1996-03), Angels (2004-09) and Texas.
Guerrero was courted by the Orioles as a free agent before he signed with the Angels in 2004. He is a nine-time All-Star who won the AL MVP with the Angels in 2004.
The Orioles opened a spot on the 40-man roster for Guerrero by placing pitcher Alfredo Simon on the restricted list. Simon is still in a Dominican Republic jail in the wake of a shooting death on New Year's Day.
While on the restricted list, which is for non-injured players not able to participate with their clubs, Simon will not get paid.