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Former AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero and Dontrelle Willis will be trying to revive their careers with the Long Island Ducks.
The independent Atlantic League team announced the agreement with Willis on Friday, a day after adding Guerrero.
A 31-year-old left-hander, Willis was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds in 2011 and 0-3 with a 8.53 ERA last year in three starts and one relief appearance for Baltimore's Triple-A team at Norfolk. The two-time All-Star has a 72-69 record and 4.17 ERA in nine major league seasons.
The 38-year-old Guerrero, a nine-time All-Star and 2004 AL MVP, has not played in the major leagues since 2011 with the Baltimore Orioles. The outfielder has a .318 average with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBIs in 16 big league seasons.
The defending champion Ducks start their season April 18.
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