Vladimir Guerrero Jr. likes to talk, even though his bat provides enough thump to do enough talking for the both of them. And that's ok. Baseball needs personalities, and Vlad Jr. is a big one.
He followed up a transcendent 2021 season with a "down" 2022 ... where he still posted a 132 OPS+, hit 32 bombs, and finished 16th in the American League MVP voting.
Still just 24 years old, Guerrero Jr.'s future remains uncertain. He will hit free agency following the 2025 season, and has yet to have substantive conversations with the Blue Jays on what will be an extremely lucrative first big contract. The one thing we do know? He won't be joining the Yankees.
Yes, even if they offer the most money. He swears.
This offseason, Guerrero Jr. insisted that, though he loves playing in the Bronx (we've watched, we know), he would never agree to a deal with the Yankees, even if he were dead. They probably wouldn't want to sign his corpse anyway, but ... nevertheless, he ruled it out. And, on Friday, he doubled down.
Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. really, really wants you to know he won't sign with Yankees
Man, if Guerrero ever turns heel and joins the Bronx Bombers ... maybe that will be the "movie" he keeps insisting we're due for.
The only problem with the slugger's cryptic comments on Friday? He insisted that he wasn't kidding around. This wasn't your garden-variety hatred. He had real "personal/family" reasons for turning away from the Yankees.
And perhaps that's true. But the young star's father, Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr., cautioned his son just a few months ago, warning him about eliminating a big-market team like the Yankees already.
If Guerrero Sr. is aware of this personal reason his son keeps so close to his vest, it's clear he doesn't want anybody else to know about it (and doesn't want the free market to get wind of it). Vlad Jr.? He doesn't care. He, apparently, does not want to be here.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that, if he ever signed in New York, he'd never get the chance to drill Yankees pitchers ever again. On Friday, Junior got the action started early by pummeling one of the worst pitches you've ever seen from Domingo Germán (and we've seen plenty of bad ones!) into the stratosphere for an early lead.
Maybe if the Yankees trade Germán to the Jays, he'd reconsider?
Hell, we'll even throw in Clarke Schmidt. Think about it, kid.