Giants Designate Jesus Guzman For Assignment

The Giants have designated infielder Jesus Guzman for assignment, tweets Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News. The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for Bengie Molina.

The 25-year-old Guzman hit a clean .250/.250/.250 in 20 big league plate appearances last season, his first taste of the show. He's a career .299/.368/.470 hitter in the minors (.344/.368/.491 in 565 Triple-A plate appearances), and has spent considerable time at first, second, and third base while dabbling in the corner outfield spots. Sounds like a pretty decent player.


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65 Comments on "Giants Designate Jesus Guzman For Assignment"


55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

Meh…

He was VERY impatient at the plate in his chances with the Giants.

5 years 6 months ago

It was his first MLB experience, a lot of guys end up pressing at the plate and struggling. He would have been a much more affordable and sensible option at 1B than Huff. Giants are being mismanaged badly right now.

dodgers_suck
5 years 6 months ago

this is one of the dumbest thing they could have done. make room by letting one of out 900 outfielders like lewis.

Jumsy
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t think that he was just hacktacular while in SF. That AAA slash line of .344/.368 indicates that he does not walk much at all. I would say that with 500+ pa at AAA, that’s the type of player you are going to get.

Lincecame
5 years 6 months ago

Another player the Giants give ZERO chances to.
AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 6 months ago

That’s what happens when you’re only talent is hitting. I wouldn’t even call what he does in the field defense. Even at 1B, he was lost. One thing is to lack range or a good glove, but you need to know the fundamentals of the position and he just doesn’t. He’s best fit for the AL as a DH but i have my doubts there because he’s not a big power guy, or at least not typical power for a DH.

5 years 6 months ago

unfortunate move. there were other options as Guzman really wasn’t given a proper chance. this sort of reminds me of Sabean and Bochy deeming Garko a complete failure after a 100 plate appearance sample. Oh well.

giantsfansince1981
5 years 6 months ago

What? 20 at bats not enough for you? Small sample size? What’s that? Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean do not know what that means.

My frustration/hatred for Sabean grows larger each day.

Lincecame
5 years 6 months ago

They didn’t deem Garko a failure. Him and Bochy didn’t get along.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 6 months ago

Seems like teams are DFAing the wrong guys lately. This is at least the 3rd post where the fan’s comments have been angry that a certain player is DFA’d

sayheykid
5 years 6 months ago

damn that kid had poetential. shotty defense though

markjsunz
5 years 6 months ago

25 years old and still a minor leaguer is considered a diminishing prospect. The giants probably have younger guys further along who are better prospects and they wanted to make room. The dodgers did the same with Jason Werth but they did not sign him after a rash of injurys he is looking at a 100 million contract if he has another year like last year. The point is you never know maybe Guzman will get picked up by another orginization and have some big league success.

mateodh
5 years 6 months ago

This is exactly the type of player the Cardinals should take a flier on.

BleacherBumSF
5 years 6 months ago

I’m not going to lose sleep over this the guy can’t play defense at all and had no value for the Giants

he has a better shot at becoming a DH on the AL

BayAreaBoss
5 years 6 months ago

same can be said for Fred Lewis, no? I would have DFA’d him rather than designating Guzman for assignment and hoping to trade Lewis.. unless the Giants know something I dont know about Lewis’ potential suitors, I dont think they are going to get much, if any, for him.

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 6 months ago

he makes Fred Lewis look like the next Carl Crawford

BayAreaBoss
5 years 6 months ago

lol I wouldnt go that far but yeah I know his defense is atrocious, but so is Lewis’.. they are planning on TRYING to trade Lewis before the start of the season, and if they arent able to they will just waive him.. I dont think they will get anything for Lewis and will end up releasing him, so I would have just done that right now and kept Guzman since we need as many players that resemble major league hitters as possible.

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 6 months ago

Actually no… Lewis as bad as he SEEMS is actually above average in LF. Not great and doesnt make pretty plays but he’s not as bad as your eyes tell you. His problem is when he makes a bad play, he makes a BAD play. But at the end of the day he’ll record more outs in LF and cover more ground than most other LFers.

Guzman on the other hand doesn’t even have the fundamentals down at any position. Some guys can make that up with raw athletic ability but Guzman doesnt possess such talents, in the field at least. I think he will find success given the chance on an AL team that wont mind a pure hitter that has lots of gap power and is good with men in scoring position. I just dont see the point of fretting over a guy that would only serve us as a pinch hitter.

Also Lewis is actually a solid player at the plate. He will never be a huge power guy but he knows how to work the count and has tons of speed. I see him getting a shot in ST to prove he belongs on the team and could share time with DeRosa in LF… with him starting we actually have a legit leadoff hitter.

BayAreaBoss
5 years 6 months ago

My point was just that from what I have heard so far, the Giants have no plans for him on their roster.. only plan is to try and trade him by the time the season starts, and if they are unsuccessful, they will release him.. if that is the case, I do think it’d be better to just DFA Lewis rather than Guzman, who still has minor league options.. and unlike Lewis (who is like 29), Guzman is only 25, so like I said before, for a team that needs players that resemble major league hitters, Guzman would have been a good guy to keep at the AAA level since he still has plenty of time to improve his glove.I am just not in favor of giving up on a young guy like Guzman, who has tremendous upside, offensively speaking, because his glove isnt there yet.. if he was 30 I could understand but he is very young.. but again, this is all contingent on the “rumor” (since I havent heard it come out of Sabeans mouth) that they are going to try and trade Lewis and then release him if they cant.. if that ends up being the case, they should have held on to this guy.

Pauly2Face
5 years 6 months ago

There has to something more to this, right? I mean, I know this is somewhat of a pattern with the Giants, but they were really impressed with him last spring. Apparently his defense even at 1B is really terrible, which is why they didn’t bring him up last May and leave him there. Maybe he’s a DH, but there’s still upside there. The dude can hit.

giantsfansince1981
5 years 6 months ago

Apparently it’s only okay to have bad defense if your offensive skills are also questionable at this point, a la Aubrey Huff and Bengie Molina. Of course, I’m sure Sabean thinks Molina’s defense is great.

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 6 months ago

You honestly think they would cut him if his defense was at the very least bad? He’s a great hitter but he doesnt belong anywhere near a baseball diamond unless he’s at the plate or running the bases.

5 years 6 months ago

What about the Freddy Sanchez story? Biggest Giants story in months, and there’s no mention of it here for almost 24 hours?

WillieMaysHayes
5 years 6 months ago

It’s called “denial.” After giving up our #2 pitching prospect and tossing aside Garko for nothing after we traded another top 10 prospect for him, we’re just at a loss for words, that’s all.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 6 months ago

What happened?

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

He had surgery on his shoulder..

5 years 6 months ago

His surgery isn’t even that big of a deal. Get over it. POST meant for OP.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

LOL I can care less about Freddy and his overrated style of play.

Sammy1333
5 years 6 months ago

You’re probably not that big of a deal, too. Should I get over you?

With Sanchez out, the question is who takes second: so many dominoes fall that now a rookie — or a FA LF — could break camp with the team or be added.

BrianWillsave
5 years 6 months ago

Probably its only going to be Uribe till Sanchez gets back…

5 years 6 months ago

Hah… He got arthroscopic surgery. It isn’t a major surgery, so it wont take him long to get back.

Ian_Smell
5 years 6 months ago

I smell a Pirate’s pick up.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

They should have sent tim lincecum down instead..I think he needs a little polish work before he is a contributor…

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

The Padres need infield depth. They lack middle infield depth in the minors.

However is appears he is more suited for a corner pos. or even the outfield.

5 years 6 months ago

Defense may suck, but the Giants have no offense and Huff’s defense at 1B isn’t exactly stellar. Should have given him a chance and used Ishikawa as a late inning defensive replacement if he’s really that bad.

1B is one of the least defensively oriented position in baseball. You should be able to get away with having a good hitter and poor fielder there, especially if your defense is solid every where else, which is what the Giants have.

giantsfansince1981
5 years 6 months ago

Whaddya mean they didn’t give him a chance? 20 at bats not enough for you? Wait, small sample size? Impossible to declare him a minor league careerist at this point? That’s not what Bruce Bochy told me.

My hatred for Sabean grows more each day. Jesus Guzman for Bengie Molina? Guarantee Guzman does not clear waivers.

BleacherBumSF
5 years 6 months ago

even if he doesn’t clear waivers he had no future with the Giants he’s better off in the AL

jfretless
5 years 6 months ago

Seems that a lot of Giants fans want the team to give these unproven kids a shot, how long do you want team to wait for things to pan out? I mean you have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, Timmy has won two straight CY Youngs, he can’t have two better seasons. If you consider that, they have wasted two years of Timmy. Cain had a great season and even Zito looked OK. Your pitching staff is peaking now, try to win now. I think the youth movement was short lived because of this. The Giants probably didn’t think their pitching was going to mature/grow like it did. So, change of plans.

5 years 6 months ago

AAA BA s/b .311

giantmalcontent
5 years 6 months ago

The guy couldn’t catch a cold! A slow roller to first was an adventure. I’d put even money on the ball hitting his chin or his glove. Why do you THINK they cut him? Because they like to cut good players? Sheesh.

givefelixlove
5 years 6 months ago

His OBP is impeccable in the minors. Sounds like a guy the Z Man will pickup for the minors, and a future callup.

SC_Giants_28
5 years 6 months ago

Ionno how I feel about letting him go, but someone had to go. Wish him luck though…

5 years 6 months ago

He has no where to play on the Giants… There is no reason to keep him.