Vlad Guerrero Jr. on trade rumours: "I want to stay here"

Jun 30, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first base Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) reacts after hitting a single against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 30, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first base Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) reacts after hitting a single against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Blue Jays loss this afternoon pushing them to a season-worse nine games below .500, it's natural that trade rumours regarding the teams stars have continued to circulate.

When asked about the possibility of being traded, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reaffirmed his love for Toronto and his desire to stay with the Blue Jays for his entire career.

"Man, I don’t want to leave. I want to stay here all my life. But this is business."

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

And when asked about his contract situation, the team's first basemen alluded to a future payday coming his way.

"My time is going to come. I don’t know if it’s soon or not, but it’s going to come."

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Trade rumours involving Vlad have been quite consistent for majority of the season. Ross Atkins spoke in early June on the possibility of trading Bichette or Guerrero, saying, "It just doesn't make sense for us."

These rumours come in the midst of Guerrero having a terrific season and just being named the starting first basemen for the American League All-Star Game. The Montreal native is slashing .296/.373/.840 thus far with 13 home runs and 50 RBI.

Guerrero also spoke on these trade rumours just a few weeks ago where he lightened his stance on never wanting to play for the Yankees.

"It's not that I am trying to take back what I said about the Yankees ... but, this is a business ... I'm a player and if a team picks me or if they do something, it's because they need it, obviously, and I'll be happy to help any team. But right now, I'm just focused on helping my team try to get out of this bad streak."

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (June 24, 2024)

This comment comes just a couple years after Vladdy said he would never play for the Yankees - "not even when I'm dead."

Guerrero has one year left on his deal before he hits free agency. This makes him both a player worth building around and an intriguing trade candidate, as teams could look to trade for him to help them this year and next. He's expressing an interest to stay in Toronto, something fellow superstar Bo Bichette hasn't done to this point.