Antonetti doing 'due diligence' working out Vlad

Antonetti doing 'due diligence' working out Vlad

Antonetti doing 'due diligence' working out Vlad
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Indians general manager Chris Antonetti warned against making too much of the fact that the organization held a private workout for free agent Vladimir Guerrero earlier this week at its baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.

In a wide-ranging sit-down with reporters on Tuesday morning, Antonetti noted that it was Guerrero who contacted Cleveland about his desire to work out for the ballclub. Always on the lookout for ways to improve their roster, the Indians obliged and watched Guerrero go through hitting and fielding drills.

"I think Vladdy continues to have an interest in playing this year," Antonetti said. "He asked if we'd have interest in working him out, so we just worked him out. That was really the extent of it. I wouldn't read too much into it at this point. It's just us doing our due diligence."

At this point in his career, the 37-year-old Guerrero is essentially limited to working as a full-time designated hitter in light of his recent history of injury. The Tribe already has a pure DH in Travis Hafner, who also has dealt with a variety of health woes over the past few years.

The Indians do have an opening in left field, along with a need for right-handed power off the bench, but Guerrero has not manned the outfield since the 2010 campaign. Last year, the veteran of 16 Major League seasons appeared in 137 games as a DH for the Orioles, hitting .290 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs.

As part of the workout, the Indians did observe Guerrero tracking fly balls in the outfield.

"It was no different than how he has [been] over the last few years," said Antonetti, referring to how Guerrero looked in the field.

Guerrero -- a career .313 hitter with 449 home runs in his time with the Expos, Angels, Rangers and Orioles -- does have a history with Indians manager Manny Acta, who knows him from their days in the Montreal organization. Asked about Guerrero on Tuesday, Acta declined comment.

"I've got way too much on my plate to be commenting on people who are not in my camp," Acta said.