BOSTON - OCTOBER 6: Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the of the Los Angeles Angels shares a laugh before game four of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 6, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
First, in 1989, there was Nolan Ryan. Later came a string of others including Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones and the return of former Rangers Sammy Sosa and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. Now, enter Vladimir Guerrero.
The Texas Rangers are becoming the team for aging baseball stars looking for money and a short-term deal. The team announced Monday the club signed free agent Guerrero to a one-year contract.
The eight-time All-Star passed a physical Monday at the Medical Center of Arlington shortly before the announcement.
“We’re excited to welcome Vlad to the Rangers family,” said general manager Jon Daniels. “This is a guy we’ve both admired and feared for years from across the field. He’s been one of the most dangerous hitters in the game for over a decade. He’ll bring a presence to the middle of the order, and a winning pedigree to the club.”
Guerrero, who turns 35 on Feb. 9, spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He batted .295 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 100 games for the Angels in 2009.
He owns a .321 career batting average, 5th among active players. His 407 career home runs are 6th-most of any player in baseball history.