Blue Jays’ Star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is Now Open to Being Traded to the Yankees

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with the Buffalo Bisons in 2018
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with the Buffalo Bisons in 2018. Photo by Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock (9775196g)

Back in 2022, Toronto Blue Jays’ All-Star first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. said that he could never play for the New York Yankees. But fast forward to 2024, and Guerrero seems to have changed his mind.

The Blue Jays have endured a rough first half of 2024 MLB season, sitting at the bottom of AL east with 35-43 record. Many analysts see them as sellers ahead of the trade deadline, with Guerrero being the most prized asset they could move.

On the other hand, the Yankees are enjoying a bounce-back campaign, currently sitting first in the division with a 52-28 record. However, they recently saw first baseman Anthony Rizzo sidelined for at least four weeks and are rumored to be looking into several trade targets at the position, including Guerrero.

When asked about the possibility of being traded to the Yankees during a recent chat with Virus Deportivo, Guerrero didn’t reject it as expected.

“Sometimes one says things. It is not that I am trying to take back what I said about the Yankees,” Guerrero said. “But this is a business. I sat down and spoke with my dad [Vladimir Guerrero Sr.] and my family, and this is a business. And I said I would never again talk about this topic and lots of people have asked me about it.”

Guerrero added that he would be “happy to help any team” that picks him but remains focused on the Blue Jays.

It is important to note that the Blue Jays have been adamant about not trading Guerrero. The 2021 MLB home run leader is under Toronto’s control through next season, but the two sides have yet to engage in meaningful extension negotiations.

Guerrero has a batting average of .286 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 2024.

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