The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly signed outfielder Gabby Guerrero to a minor-league contract.
According to Baseball America, the Blue Jays have reached an agreement on a minor-league pact with the journeyman outfielder. Gabby Guerrero is also cousins with third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and will presumably be a minor-league depth piece in Triple-A.
Guerrero signed as an International free-agent with the Seattle Mariners back in 2011 as a 17-year old. The outfielder had a 14-game cup of coffee in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 2018 hitting .167 with three hits including a homer in 18 plate appearances.
The native of the Dominican Republic was a once touted prospect playing in the minor-league Futures Game in 2014. He has spent time with the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Reds and Marlins organizations spanning over nine minor-league seasons.
As you can tell in the above video, Gabby definitely is a Guerrero, not only in appearance but also his swing. The kid can still swing it with authority sending some of those balls into orbit.
Guerrero spent last season with the Marlins Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans hitting .253/.270/.401 with 82 hits and 11 home runs in 105 games. In 1009 MiLB games, Guerrero is a career .271/.310/.412 hitter with 91 homers and 67 stolen bases.
The Blue Jays connection to the Guerrero family undoubtedly influenced this signing, however, he is a serviceable minor-league outfielder with some pop in his bat. Although, mainly a right fielder, Guerrero does have 200 games in centre field under his belt.
The MLB outfield is currently in flux so it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities that Guerrero eventually makes his way north of the border at some point during the season due to injuries or underachieving.
Definitely no harm in the signing especially when the Guerrero family keeps churning out talent. Vladdy’s younger brother is apparently following in his brother’s footsteps in the Dominican, so why not keep that relationship with the family strong.