When a team's beat writer affixes the word "Uh" to the beginning of the news he's about to report, you know it's going to be pretty interesting news. And from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic:
Uh, I guess Vlad Guerrero is going to work out for the Dbacks, per Kevin Towers on the team's broadcast.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 29, 2012
Towers was on the telecast with Darron Sutton and Mark Grace when he dropped the bombshell. Well, it would have been a bombshell a few years ago. And it's not like the Diamondbacks are especially serious about pursuing Vlad; Towers will be in the Dominican Republic watching amateur players, and he figured there wasn't any harm in seeing what kind of shape Vlad is in.
Kevin Towers shrugged when asked what kind of role Vlad Guerrero could fill: "I'll have a better idea depending on what I see tomorrow."— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 29, 2012
This is a GM looking at a Cutco demonstration even though he's doing just fine with knives. The Diamondbacks have A.J. Pollock as their fourth outfielder with Chris Young on the DL. When Young comes back, it's possible that the Diamondbacks will demote Pollock and stick with four outfielders. But here we are, talking about outfielders in a Vladimir Guerrero news item.
That was two years ago. I'm sure he's better now! But Piecoro added this to the story:
Towers seemed to be saying, 'What the heck? Might as well' when it comes to working out Vlad tomorrow.
Championships have been won behind the "Why not?" philosophy, so looking at the guy work out isn't a bad idea on its own.