O's have had recent conversations with Guerrero; sides not close to deal

The Orioles have spoken to free agent slugger Vladimir Guerrero's agent this week, but the two sides are not close to a deal.

"We’ve had some conversations, but there is nothing on the horizon,” said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, declining to characterize his team's chances of landing the nine-time All-Star.

Guerrero's representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

While content with Luke Scott as their designated hitter and a platoon of Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold in left field, the Orioles have said all along that they would have interest in Guerrero at the right price.

With the Tampa Bay Rays opting to sign Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, the Los Angeles Angels trading for Vernon Wells and the Texas Rangers acquiring Mike Napoli, Guerrero is believed to have very few options.

However, it is unknown if that has resulted in Guerrero's pricetag coming down significantly enough for the Orioles to make a serious play for the veteran who hit 29 homers and drove in 115 runs for the Texas Rangers in 2010.

The Orioles have exceeded their desired payroll for 2011, though owner Peter Angelos has long admired Guerrero and it wouldn't be surprising if he approved of such a move at the right price.

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