Vladimir Guerrero already has a case for the Hall of Fame, even if he never plays another game in the majors. A 16-year big league veteran, he has 449 homers and a .318 batting average. A two-time member of the 30-30 club, he missed out on joining the 40-40 club by one homer in 2002, Guerrero is looking for a job.
So far, it looks like independent baseball or foreign leagues might be his best option for the 2013 season.
Foxsports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Monday that Guerrero has an offer from the Quebec Captiales of the Can-Am League, and Guerrero’s agent has talked to the Long Island Ducks. At least one Atlantic League team contacted Guerrero or his agent last season before he signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays. And the Atlantic League seems a logical fit for the 38 year old.
The Can-Am League doesn’t begin play until May 16, almost a full month after the Atlantic League. Historically, the Can-Am League has never been able to compete with the number of minor league veterans in the Atlantic League since it limits the number of veterans — six or more seasons of professional experience — to a maximum of four on each team.
If healthy and ready to play, the Atlantic League would provide Guerrero an extra four weeks to prove himself in front of scouts. If he needs a couple extra weeks to heal or extra time to prepare for the season, and he wishes to compete against a younger, less-experienced group of pitchers — on a whole — the Can-Am League might be his top choice.