Guerrero, 38, last played in the Major Leagues in 2011 with the Orioles. He hit .290 with a .317 OBP and .733 OPS, 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 590 plate appearances over 145 games.
Guerrero served exclusively as the Orioles' designated hitter in 2011, and has not played the outfield since 2010 when he played 17 games in left field and right field with the Rangers.
Yes, the Mets are desperate to find outfielders. But I don't think Guerrero adds value for them at this stage of his career. I'd rather they see what they've got with their younger options, in this particular case. He's a better fit for an American League club looking for a platoon at designated hitter or a power bat off the bench. Guerrero is right-handed and there might be some offense left in his tank, but he is not a viable option defensively, especially at Citi Field and the other big ballparks in the division. He hasn't even played consistently in the outfield since 2008, and his defense was suspect during that season as well.
I disagree. To me, there's absolutely no risk. Guerrero has said he's willing to take a minor league deal, so the Mets wouldn't have to commit to anything to get a look. The Blue Jays brought him in last spring and ended up granting Guerrero his release when it became obvious he wasn't going to crack their roster, and that didn't prohibit them from anything. Of course, Vlad's health is a concern, but my bigger hesitation is blocking the younger players on the roster. At some point, the Mets need to decide what they have in guys like Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker, etc., and they might be less inclined to take a shot with one of them if Guerrero's track record was a factor.