News broke this afternoon that the Jays signed veteran outfielder/designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero to a minor league contract. Vlad will start at extended Spring Training in Dunedin, FL, and if he looks good there is a possibility that the Jays could make some lineup changes and put Guerrero on their active roster. While it is highly unlikely he will have a big role on the team, he could very well make an impact as a bat off the bench. In the 2011 with the Orioles, he played in 145 games and hit .290/.317/.416 with 13 home runs and 63 runs batted in. I think Vlad will end up as a bench player for the Jays, and he'll get some at bats against left handed pitching. Alex Anthopolous may even end up trading him to a contender at the deadline to get a average prospect.
I'm not sure what to think about the deal, but I guess it won't hurt, and might even work out great for the Jays later on in the season. It's only a minor league contract, and in terms of baseball contracts (especially for a veteran like Vlad), $1.3 million is not a lot of money at all. We've got nothing to lose, and possibly lots to gain.