‘2.5 Billion Pride Fight’ Guerrero Wins Junior Salary Adjustment… Now Which Choice Will Toronto Make

February 9, 2024 | by

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (25, Toronto), who failed to reach an agreement on his salary in 2024, won in the end. He gained the salary he wanted and gained the upper hand in his final salary adjustment. After suffering a bitter setback, Toronto added another worry in the “money fight” over Guerrero Jr.

Local media, including the Major League’s official website ( ), officially announced on the 8th (Korea time) that Guerrero Jr. won the salary adjustment committee. Guerrero Jr. claimed $9.9 million (about 26.4 billion won) in 2024 salary, while Toronto offered $18.05 million (about 24 billion won), holding out that it could not give more than that. It actually happened amid the expectation that he would go to the adjustment committee early because the difference was bigger than expected, and Guerrero Jr. won.

The Major League Baseball`s annual salary adjustment committee consists of a three-member council and is supposed to take sides of either side, not the arbitration proposal. For this reason, many players and clubs make compromises at mid-point before moving to the arbitration committee. As many players have to undermine each other’s logic, there are times when their emotions get hurt when moving to the arbitration committee. However, the 1.85 million dollar gap was not something that could have been narrowed down by compromise, and Guerrero Jr. won the game.

Guerrero Jr.’s salary is a vertical increase. He received $7.9 million in 2022 and $14.5 million in 2023, rising to the top of the list of high-paying people at once. And this year, he actually received nearly $20 million. It is quite meaningful that he received $1.85 million more this year as his salary is the standard for next year.

Guerrero Jr. is eligible for the so-called “Super 2” award, which is one year earlier than other players. Guerrero Jr. will be eligible for the final salary adjustment next year and will become a free agent after the 2025 season ends. He will be eligible for the FA qualification faster than other players. Guerrero Jr. is eligible to play in the FA market at the age of 27 and is classified as a player who is certain to receive good treatment if he increases his offensive capability.

Major League Baseball Trade Rumors, which deals with Major League Baseball’s transfer window, reported Guerrero’s victory, saying, “The Guerrero Jr.’s salary adjustment was one of the most important events of the offseason. He could have made the highest salary among the players at the hearing. The difference between his filing figure and his team’s filing figure of 1.85 million dollars was the second largest during the offseason. There was a $1.9 million gap between Texas and Aroldis Garcia.”

“Major League Trade Rumors” was the third of his fourth salary adjustment for Guerrero Jr., who went through the three-time All-Star selection process. He and Toronto agreed to a $14.5 million contract last year, but they couldn’t find a price range that could be agreed upon this year,” he said. “Nevertheless, Guerrero Jr. is paid $5.4 million more than last year. His skills last year were not something that could have been imagined from the most talented offensive player in sports,” he said. “Despite his sluggish performance last year, his salary has risen a lot.”

Guerrero Jr., who was famous as the son of Vladimir Guerrero, a monster hitter who represented the Major League, has drawn attention since his childhood by showing off his natural batting talent. Guerrero Jr., who was selected as the core of Toronto’s rebuilding fielders by bombing minor league levels one after another, made his debut in the Major League in 2019 when he was 20 years old and played 123 games. Since then, he has led the team’s batting lineup by positioning himself as the main infielder of the team. He was initially classified as the third base, but moved to the first base in 2020 to concentrate on his offense.

It was in 2021 that Guerrero Jr. unleashed his potential. At the time, he played 161 games, recording a batting average of 0.311, a on-base percentage of 0.401, a slugging percentage of 0.601, a OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.002, 48 home runs and 111 RBIs. He became the home run king of the American League and ranked first in all areas in terms of on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and scoring (123 goals). However, he was somewhat unlucky. Despite such a strong performance, the American League MVP title was handed to Shohei Ohtani (then LA Angels), who made his pitching and hitting career a reality. At the time of the MVP voting, there was a lot of controversy over whether Guerrero Jr. did not get any first place votes, no matter how great Ohtani was.

However, Guerrero Jr. has not performed as well as he did in 2021. He played in 160 games in 2022, but his performance dropped to 0.274 with a batting average, 0.339 with 32 homers, 97 RBIs and an OPS of 0.818. He managed to keep the home run, but as his batting average and on-base percentage both declined, his offensive productivity significantly. Last year, he also failed to regain the level of his 2021 performance with a batting average of 0.264 and an on-base percentage of 0.345 in 156 games. On top of that, the number of home runs decreased to 26, and his OPS dropped to 0.788. Analysts say that his performance is not as good as his offense is in full swing. This is why his salary adjustment has attracted more attention.

The time has come for Toronto to slowly think about it as well. Guerrero Jr. has only one salary adjustment left, which means it is almost time for him to go to the FA market. Guerrero Jr. can go to the FA market after the 2025 season. In other words, Toronto has two years left to use him. To catch Guerrero Jr., it is advantageous to sign an extension before then. It is unclear what kind of performance he will do over the next two years, but there is basically no guarantee that he will bring him back when he goes to the market. It is more so for Guerrero Jr., who has good offense and star quality. Guerrero Jr. was recently selected as an All-Star for three years.

In other words, Toronto will have to make a decision on Guerrero Jr. either this year or at the latest before the start of next season. Bob Bissett, on the other hand, is also a problem. The two main pillars of Toronto’s batting lineup, which the team cherished since childhood, will become FA-qualified after the 2025 season ends. Bissett signed a three-year, 33.6 million-dollar contract that covers three years of salary adjustment, so there is no reason for him to have a headache over salary adjustment, but anyway, he will go to the FA market like Guerrero Jr. Toronto should now tap the calculator for the future of the two players. In fact, one of the biggest topics in the Toronto media is whether Toronto will sign the two players on a long-term contract.

Conversely, Guerrero Jr. is also important for the 2024 season. If Guerrero Jr. has only been able to produce enough offense for the past two years, it is difficult for him to make a big statement at the negotiating table. Guerrero Jr.’s OPS was 25 percent better than the average for the comparative group over the past two years, while last year’s OPS was only 17 percent better. It is a difficult performance to lead a contract that will surprise the league. However, if this year’s performance can return to the 2021 level, he can immediately take the lead in the negotiating table and create a large-scale contract flow at the same time. We also need to think about the opinions of fans. 헤라카지노도메인

Major League Trade Rumors said Toronto’s annual salary calculated by Rooster Sissos is around $240 million, adding that Toronto is not in a situation where it can afford to spend money. They say that it is also necessary to make sufficient future plans and save the salaries of existing players. Attention is also focusing on what kind of calculation Toronto will come up with over the next year or so.


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