Scioscia not ruling out a Vlad return

Scioscia not ruling out a Vlad return

ANAHEIM -- Vladimir Guerrero's legion of fans in Southern California might take heart in comments delivered by Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday.

On MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, Scioscia told co-hots Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy that the Angels are not closing the door on the possibility of Guerrero returning to his former home after one blockbuster season in Texas.

"Well, Vladdy's been one of the guys obviously we've talked about for a while, and I think it's the same situation," Scioscia said. "Vlad signed with the Rangers before last year's season because he was looking for a multiyear deal, a big deal at the time. We had to make a decision. There was no way to commit to three or four years with Vlad, that we could go that route."

Guerrero ended up signing a one-year deal with the Rangers that included a mutual option for 2011. After hitting .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBIs, the Angels' 2004 American League Most Valuable Player is back on the open market, Texas having moved in another direction with Adrian Beltre signed to play third and Michael Young moving into the role of primary designated hitter.

"If it is the same situation right now, obviously, nothing much would change," Scioscia said, referring to Guerrero's status. "But he's definitely a guy that's very interesting to look at. And he's got a number of teams, I know, that are going to look and are going to try to get Vlad."

It seems likely that a two-year deal in the $18 million-$20 million range could get it done with Guerrero.

"I just don't know if that extended deal is out there that he was looking for last year, a three- or four-year deal," Scioscia said.

Guerrero, who turns 36 on Feb. 9, spent six seasons as the centerpiece of the Angels' lineup. He appeared in only 100 games in his injury-riddled final season in 2009, failing to reach .300 for the first time in his career in a full season. He had matched Lou Gehrig as the only players in history to bat at least .300 with at least 25 homers for 11 consecutive seasons.

Guerrero, whose career began with nine games in Montreal in 1996, is a .320 career hitter with a .383 on-base percentage and .563 slugging mark.

Hideki Matsui replaced Guerrero as the Angels' primary DH in 2010 and signed with the Athletics for '11 after batting .274 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs in 145 games.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.