Top 10 Free Agent Signings in Texas Rangers History
By Chris Giles
#10- Vladimir Guerrero (from Los Angeles Angels, 2010)
Vladimir Guerrero started his MLB career at age 21 during the 1996 season. Guerrero was a four-time all-star during his eight seasons in Montreal. After the 2003 season, Guerrero was granted free agency and signed with the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels. Guerrero was an all-star during four of his six seasons with the Angels before he was granted free agency for a second time. Guerrero signed a one-year deal with Texas then finished his career with a one year deal with Baltimore. After 16 seasons in MLB, Guerrero made a final attempt after signing in Toronto but was unable to play a 17th season and officially retired at age 37.
On January 9, 2010, Vladimir Guerrero signed a one-year contract to be the Texas Rangers DH. According to baseball-reference.com, Guerrero earned $5.5M to join the powerful Texas Rangers with the opportunity to win his first and only World Series. The Rangers won the AL Championship but lost the World Series to the San Francisco Giants. Guerrero was nominated for his 9th and final all-star appearance while playing in a Rangers uniform. He played 152 games, had 29 home runs, knocked in 115 runs, and had a .300 AVG and .345 OBP with the Rangers.
For his career, Guerrero played 2,147 games in 16 seasons, had 2,590 hits, scored 1,328 runs, had 477 doubles, 449 home runs, 1,496 RBI’s, had a .318 BA, and a .379 OBP. Besides playing in nine all-star games, Guerrero was the AL MVP in 2004, was an eight time Silver Slugger Award winner, and in 2017, Guerrero was enshrined into the Angels Hall of Fame.