MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Miami Marlins have been in contact with free agent Vladimir Guerrero about a possible bench role with the team.
The 37-year-old is coming off a 2011 season where he hit .290 with 13 HR and 63 RBI in 145 games as the designated hitter of the Baltimore Orioles.
Guerrero says that he is not crazy about a move back to the National League.
"The Marlins have shown interest in me, but to be on the bench or to pinch hit for the pitcher. Ozzie Guillen didn't like this, since he said I'm not that class of player," Guerrero said. Guerrero shares this hesitancy, adding, "I don't consider myself a bench player, in spite of my age."
Guerrero remains the top right-handed hitting free agent available besides Derrek Lee, and the Marlins are looking for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench to complement lefties Chris Coghlan and Greg Dobbs. It will be interesting to see if the Marlins can sway him to come play in that type of role.
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