Blue Jays release Guerrero

The Toronto Blue Jays have granted the request of slugger Vladimir Guerrero to be released from his minor league contract.

The Blue Jays had signed Guerrero to a minor league contract about a month ago.

Guerrero reportedly gave the Blue Jays an ultimatum to either promote him to the majors or release him. Toronto decided to do the latter.

The 37-year-old veteran hit .303 with four RBI in eight games with Triple-A Las Vegas. Guerrero also batted .450 with four homers and eight RBI in four contests with Single-A Dunedin.

Guerrero played for Baltimore in 2011 and batted .290 with 13 homers and 63 RBI over 145 games.

Over 2,147 career MLB games, the nine-time All-Star has clubbed 449 home runs to go along with 1,496 RBI and a .318 batting average. He has played for Montreal, the Angels, Texas and Baltimore in his career, winning the 2004 AL MVP with the Angels.