The Toronto Blue Jays granted Vladimir Guerrero’s request to be released from his minor-league contract on Tuesday. The 37-year-old free agent hit .303 in eight games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League. The Blue Jays signed Guerrero to a minor-league deal on May 10. He reported to extended spring training in Dunedin, Fla., and appeared in four games for Single-A Dunedin. There was no immediate word on why Guerrero asked for his release. Guerrero is a nine-time All-Star and the 2004 American League MVP award with the Anaheim Angels. He has a career batting average of .318 with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBI. In 2011, he batted .290 in 145 games for Baltimore. The Blue Jays also optioned infielder Yan Gomes to Las Vegas. In 14 games, Gomes hit .226 with three homers and eight RBI.
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