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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would never sign with Yankees: ‘Not even dead’

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Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. says he’s not interested in playing for the Yankees. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to win the hearts of Toronto Blue Jays fans.

There’s been a lot of speculation over the past few months about whether the 23-year-old superstar will sign a long-term deal with Toronto during the offseason. And while it remains unclear, any concerns about his departure to the Bronx appear to have been allayed.

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Baseball fans won’t have to worry about the accuracy of this report either, as it comes directly from the source itself. However, Yankees fans should probably look away.

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In a Spanish interview later translated by baseball reporter Hector Gomez, Guerrero admitted that he enjoys playing at Yankee Stadium, where he hit 10 home runs with a .289/.344/.579 hitting line in 31 career games. It’s one of his favorite stadiums to play in, especially when it comes to beating New York pitchers.

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As for if he ever considered joining the Yankees, Vlady says he would never be caught dead playing for their organization, which should bring a smile to every Blue Jays fan.

Guerrero had great success against the Yankees—both home and away—having hit .289/.346/.518 with 13 home runs, 41 RBIs, and 134 wRC+ in 65 career games. He won a hat-trick in the Bronx on April 13, 2022.

In the meantime, the Blue Jays are hoping they can renew the right-handed slugger long before he is eligible for free agency after the 2025 season. It certainly helps that the 2021 AL runner-up MVP has previously expressed interest in staying north of the border.

However, without a long-term deal, the 6-foot first baseman is poised for a significant raise in his second year of arbitration. Earning $7.9 million in 2022, MLB trade rumors predicts the two-time All-Star will earn $14.8 million next season.

Guerrero’s price range will only widen as he gets closer to free agency, reinforcing the need to renew it as early as possible.

The 2021 Silver Slugger had a disappointing 32 home runs, 97 RBIs, 132 wRC+ and a .274/.339/.480 slash in 160 games last season. However, he won his first career Golden Glove.

Last season, Guerrero hit career highs in home runs (48), RBIs (111), AVG (.311), OBP (.401), SLG (.601) and wRC+ (166) in 161 contests. The youngster also became the MVP of the 2021 All-Star Game in Colorado.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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