Vladimir Guerrero has worked out for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and according to Jon Heyman he “looked pretty good” while doing so. The Diamondbacks are said to be taking a serious look at Guerrero, and there is belief that the veteran slugger is in good enough shape to man the outfield on a part-time basis.
Guerrero has now been worked out by the Indians and Diamondbacks. Though the Indians didn’t ultimately sign Guerrero, they did have him take flies in the outfield and said he looked good.
Cleveland’s ultimate decision not to sign Guerrero probably speaks louder than whatever they said about him in the press, but the Diamondbacks are the second team to be intrigued by the veteran outfielder/designated hitter.
Many thought that the only role Guerrero would be able to fill for Arizona would be pinch hitter. Guerrero didn’t play the field at all last season for the Baltimore Orioles, and it often pains fans to simply watch the 37-year-old run.
However, Guerrero was once a viable option in the outfield as he maintained a cannon of an arm for many years. The Diamondbacks have said that they believe Guerrero is in good enough shape to play the outfield on a part-time basis.
While this may be the case, Arizona isn’t a team that’s exactly in need of outfield depth. The club’s signing of free agent Jason Kubel this offseason pushed 2011 Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra into a reserve role.
Heyman agrees, saying that despite the fact that Guerrero looked good during workouts, he’s still thought to be a “long shot” for Arizona because of their current list of outfielders; Justin Upton, Chris Young, Kubel and Parra.
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