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What about Vlad?

With Mike Cameron off the board, I have been thinking about who I would like the Cubs to sign.  I don't think Rick Ankiel or Marlon Byrd are bad options, but I believe there are better fits for this club.  The Cubs should sign Vladimir Guerrero to play right field and keep Kosuke Fukudome in center.  He will be turning 35 this season, and although he had a down year last year, it still was not a horrible year.  In 100 games, he hit .295 with 15 homers and 50 RBI's.  But if you look at the two years before that, in both years he hit over .300 with 27 HR's and around 100 RBI's.  (In '07 .324, 27, 125)  He would fit nicely in the 5th spot in the order.  Last year, the Cubs lacked guys who could drive in runs.  Maybe a move to the NL can get Vlad back on the right track.

Considering Hideki Matsui signed with the Angels for 1 year and 6.5 million I was thinking that Vlad would only require a 1 year 3-5 million dollar contract with incentives.

I know he did DH most of last year, but he did play over or around 100 games in RF throughout most of his career.  He is one year removed from being a RF.  Do you think he could still play right field?  I remember Vlad having a cannon for an arm.  If he can, the Cubs should take a look at him.  What are your thoughts?


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