Blue Jays: Guerrero Jr. gives us his thoughts on the New York Yankees
Speaking to media personality El Dotol Nastra, Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his thoughts on the New York Yankees well-known in the short clip. As per Tom Ruminski at TheScore, Guerrero Jr. said in Spanish, “I like to play in New York, I like to kill the Yankees. I would never sign with the Yankees, not even dead.”
Bold words from the talented first baseman, as the Montreal-born Blue Jay owns a career .289/.344/.579 slash line at Yankee Stadium, adding 10 home runs and 17 RBI to the tune of a .922 OPS through 121 at-bats. Over his career, the righty-batter owns a .862 OPS through 504 games with 104 home runs and 310 RBI.
Fresh off winning his first career Gold Glove Award at first base, Guerrero Jr. continues to add accolades at 23 years old. A two-time All-Star, Guerrero already has a Silver Slugger Award and a Hank Aaron Award under his belt and was the runner-up AL MVP last year, losing out to two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani for the honour. He also led the league in home runs last year with 48 knocks and led the Blue Jays this season with 32.
Guerrero Jr. is currently slated to be eligible for free agency following the 2025 season and will be entering his second year of arbitration this offseason. The Blue Jays front office has made it known that they are looking into extending their young stars and Guerrero Jr. is also open to an extension as well, and with his recent comments about the Yankees, Jays fans might be feeling better about their chances of a long term deal.
Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reportedly would never sign a deal with the Yankees
It’s no secret that the Yankees and their fanbase are a turbulent bunch, as the fans recently booed pending free agent and likely AL MVP Aaron Judge during the playoffs, drawing criticism from Astros closer Ryan Pressly and retired starter Jake Arrieta, “If I’m him, like, f*** y’all. I’m not coming back here.”
Having Guerrero Jr. on the Blue Jays squad past arbitration would be a big win for the Blue Jays, especially with what he has accomplished at such an early stage of his career. Ross Atkins and co. needs to extend Guerrero Jr. this offseason, as the longer this drags on, the more difficult it will be to persuade him from heading to free agency.