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Career Paths: Vladimir Guerrero

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Montreal Expos 1996-2003

Signed as an international free agent as an 18-year-old in 1993, Guerrero debuted with the Expos in September 1996.  After appearing in 90 games in 1997, he became a mainstay in the line-up in 1998, hitting .324/.371/.589 with 38 homers and 109 RBI.  Over the next five seasons, Guerrero hit over .330 three times, never dipping below .307.  In 2000, he established career highs in OPS (1.074), batting average (.345) and homeruns (44).  He hit 30+ homeruns five times and more than 40 twice during that stretch.  In 2002, the 27-year-old narrowly missed the 40/40 club finishing the season with 39 homers and a career best 40 steals.  Guerrero was an All Star four times during his tenure in Montreal and won three Silver Slugger awards. A free agent following the 2003 season, the slugger inked a five year, $70 million contract with the Angels.



LA Angels of Anaheim 2004-2009

Guerrero was an immediate success in the US, hitting .337/.391/.598 with 39 homers, 126 RBI and a league best 124 runs.  The Angels won the AL West and Vlad took home his only MVP award. In six seasons in Anaheim, Guerrero averaged .319/.381/.546 with 29 homers, 103 RBI and 91 runs.  He finished in the top-3 of the MVP voting three times and was an All Star four times. The Angels won four division titles and advanced to the ALCS twice, but never reached the World Series. After playing out the 2009 season on a 1-year option and appearing in a career low 100 games, Guerrero was a free agent. In January 2010 he inked a 1-year, $5.5 million deal with Texas.




Texas Rangers 2010

Now a full time DH, Guerrero experienced a renaissance in Texas, hitting .300/.345/.496 with 29 homers and 115 RBI.  An All Star, Guerrero helped the Rangers win the AL West and advance to the World Series. A free agent once again, he signed a 1-year, $8 million contract with Baltimore in February 2011.










Baltimore Orioles 2011

At age 36, Guerrero slowed down in 2011.  He appeared in 145 games and hit .290, but his on-base-percentage dipped to a career worst .317 and he hit just 13 homeruns in 590 plate appearances. Currently a free agent, Vlad the Impaler has amassed 449 homers, 1,496 RBI, 2,590 hits and 181 stolen bases to go along with a batting line of .318/.379/.553 in 16 seasons.






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