Guerrero interests me. In 2010, he hit .300, 29, 115 in 152 games for the American League Champion Texas Rangers. He did tail off a little bit in 2011 with the Orioles, hitting .290, 13, 63 in 145 games. While Matsui saw his average drop from .274 to .251, Guerrero's dropped from .300 to .290. In my opinion, he should have gotten a chance this season to see if he still has it. Toronto signed him to a minor league contract, only for Guerrero to opt out when the deadline passed for him to be in the majors.
I want to bring up the possibility of collusion amongst AL teams and their lack of a pursuit of proven DHs. I understand why Matsui was not signed, but Damon and Guerrero were worth guaranteed contracts to start the 2012 season. Yes Damon struggled in Cleveland and Guerrero has not played this season, but several teams have used less productive options in their place. Teams like Oakland and Detroit have settled for using Johnny Gomes and Delmon Young, respectively. Both are still capable of playing the OF and both teams could use either in a corner spot. Teams like the Yankees have chosen to rotate players in rather than use a full time DH. I'm curious to see if it is a coincidence that teams have simultaneously chosen to both settle for lesser alternatives and rotate players at the position. Or, is it a matter of teams deciding it is time to stop paying DHs the money they deserve. The Red Sox have even played hardball with David Ortiz, a sign that I might be on to something with this collusion thing.