At some point soon, the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to call up third baseman and top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He is currently working his way back from a spring-training oblique injury and, more importantly, Guerrero has already spent enough time in the minors this year to push his free agency one year to the 2025-26 offseason.
These days teams are very aggressive signing their top young players to below-market contract extensions, and it stands to reason the Blue Jays will approach Guerrero about a deal soon. On Saturday, Vlad Jr. told Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune the two sides have not yet discussed an extension. From Foley:
"That point hasn't reached yet," Guerrero said through a translator Saturday about whether he'd be interested in something similar from the Blue Jays. "We're not there yet. But if they offered a contract and it looked good -- I'm still keeping my mind on just playing in the major leagues and staying with this team."
The White Sox set the market for a potential Vlad Jr. extension when they signed fellow tippy-top prospect Eloy Jimenez to a six-year, $43 million deal with two club options in spring training. That is easily the largest deal ever given to the player yet to make his MLB debut. It would not be unreasonable for Guerrero to demand more than Jimenez given the prospect rankings. He could have his eyes on Ronald Acuna's eight-year, $100 million extension.