The Houston Astros pursued the Vlad Guerrero Jr. move.

Vlad Guerrero Jr. might be pursued by the Houston Astros. An MLB source argues in favor of a record-breaking deal.

Given the Houston Astros’ dismal start to the season, a prominent MLB insider thinks that a particular outstanding player need to be the team’s top priority in the coming weeks in order to cover a significant first base shortage.
The Astros are only one game behind last place in the American League West going into today’s MLB games. For a team that only won 90 games and advanced to the American League Championship Series in 2023, the squad’s startling 12-22 record is astounding.

While the team’s starting pitching has been its biggest problem this season — especially with Justin Verlander having made just three starts — their lineup has not been as formidable as in years past. Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez seem headed to serious All-Star consideration but bad seasons from Jose Abreu and Alex Bregman have had a huge effect.

Abreu’s disastrous 2024 has been the most impactful after his .099 average after 22 games led to being designated for assignment and leaving a big hole for the franchise at first base. That is why it shouldn’t be too surprising that The Athletic’s MLB insider, and former general manager, Jim Bowden made a bold suggestion for who the team should target to improve the lineup and fix their hole at 1B.

“[Vlad] Guerrero will be a free agent after the 2025 season and the Blue Jays have yet to sign him to a long-term deal,” Bowden wrote. “They’d get a much better return in a trade now than they would in the offseason or the leadup to next year’s trade deadline; therefore, they’ll need to seriously consider dealing him this July if they fall out of the race.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stats for 2024: 4 HR, 15 RBI, 13 R,.239 AVG,.338 OBP,.373 SLG
“Guerrero is just entering his prime years at the age of 25. Could you see him batting between Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez for the next two seasons at the very least?

Bowden believes that sending outfielder Kenedy Corona, who is ranked No. 12 on MLB.com, and top six prospect Joey Loperfido could be sufficient compensation to secure a deal for the three-time All-Star. The AL East in 2024 is tough, and the Blue Jays are now in last place.

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