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Guerrero Jr.'s off-season plan includes losing ‘15 to 20 pounds’

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TORONTO — As the Toronto Blue Jays finish off playing out the string, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is already looking forward to the off-season.

But it’s not because he’s desperate for the downtime after playing into the month of September for the first time in his life.

Rather, it’s a chance to start the process of reshaping his body and, dare I use the cliché, come into spring training next February in the best shape of his life in an effort to make third base his long-term home and be better prepared for the 162-game grind.

“I think that’s the key for me to have a great year next year,” Guerrero said. “I feel good the way I am right now, but I’m going to try to come back a lot better. Maybe try to be 15 or 20 pounds less for spring training and I will take it from there after that.”

Vladdy Jr. plans on heading back to the Dominican Republic to train with his uncle, Wilton Guerrero, just as they’ve always done, but he’s debating showing up at the Blue Jays’ facility in Dunedin for a stretch, as well, something the team has been hoping he’d consider.

“I’m going to go back to the Dominican and work out with my family,” Guerrero said. “We do that every off-season, and then maybe I’ll go back to Tampa for a month to work out with the team.”

Listed at 250 pounds this season as a 20-year-old, Guerrero’s playing weight – depending on who you talk to – has fluctuated between 255 and 270 since he made his major-league debut at the end of April.

If Guerrero can even come close to replicating his dedication in the cage and apply it to his conditioning, there’s no reason to think he won’t arrive in Dunedin next spring feeling better prepared to take the next step in his development.

You don’t have to look far for a prime example of what happens when a young player changes his routines away from the field.

In 2018, as a 21-year-old, Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers faced the same questions.

A top 10 prospect in baseball........