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I’m Not Dead Yet: Vlad and Pettitte

Two Oldies but goodies are back in action. Vladimir Guerrero and Andy Pettitte.

Andy Pettitte will be starting for the Yankees on Sunday vs. the Seattle Mariners.  His last year in the majors, 2010, was a good year for Pettitte, he accumulated an ERA of 3.28, 101 Ks in 129 innings, and was an 11 and 3.  He’s 39 now and is giving it one more shot.  He has pitched 17 minor league innings this year and has an ERA of 3.71 with 13 Ks and only 3 BB.  Ok numbers, but some of the outings were rough – 5 runs in 5 innings was his last one.  Maybe he was just ‘working on stuff’ and not worrying about the score.  Pettitte is worth a flyer in deep leagues and could factor in all formats before the season is out.

Vladimir Guerrero has signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.  Now make no mistake, this is a low risk high reward kinda deal with no guarantees.  The Blue Jays are approaching this deal correctly, basically saying that Vlad may not make it out of the minors, but hopefully they will catch lightning in a bottle with him.  Last year Vlad batted .290 with 13 HRs and 63 RBIs – not bad.  You expect more HRs from Vlad, but all in all, good.

Vlad may not be the super-star hitter he once was, but he may prove that he is still a very productive player.  In fantasy, it’s too early to grab Vlad, but he is worth keeping an eye on.  If he makes the majors and can keep his average up, he has a place in medium to deep leagues.  If the Blue Jays do catch lightning in a bottle, then Vlad can be owned in all formats.

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