Rangers Acquire Cristian Guzman

4:23pm: The Nationals also acquire Tanner Roark, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

3:58pm: The Nats are sending just over $2MM to the Rangers, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter).

3:23pm: The Nationals will acquire pitcher Ryan Tatusko in the deal, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan (on Twitter).

2:49pm: The Nationals obtain two good pitching prospects who aren't yet major league ready, MLB.com's Bill Ladson told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio (Twitter link).

2:13pm: The Rangers acquired infielder Cristian Guzman from the Nationals for prospects, reports MLB.com's Bill Ladson.  The Rangers were linked to Guzman yesterday when Ian Kinsler hit the DL.  Guzman, owner of 10-and-5 rights, agreed to the trade though it saddened him according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Guzman, 32, is hitting .282/.327/.361 in 346 plate appearances on the season while playing second base, shortstop, and right field.  He has $2.87MM remaining on his contract, but it was expected that the Nationals would have to pick up most or all of the tab to move him.


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106 Comments on "Rangers Acquire Cristian Guzman"


Abraham Zapruder
5 years 1 month ago

Are the new owners going to have any prospects left when they buy the team?

txftw
5 years 1 month ago

You’d be surprised how many guys with a lot of value are left after all the trades they’ve made. A lot of these deals are being made with mostly second or third tier guys (Except for Smoak, of course). The depth is amazing and a lot of the prospects they traded were being blocked by the fist tier guys; Perez, Scheppers, Engel Beltre, Profar, Moreland and so on. Plus, with the track record of the scouting department, these lower level guys will be replaced in 1-2 years anyway.

Koby2
5 years 1 month ago

Damn, the Rangers are just going for it this year aren’t they? Can they afford to take him on too?

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

I believe the Nats are paying Guzman’s salary.and The Marlins are paying Cantu’s salary as well (I believe).

hedonistimpulse
5 years 1 month ago

600 k of Cantu’s salary. The Nats are believed to be sending money along with Guzman.

JPB705
5 years 1 month ago

The Marlins are only paying $500k of Cantu’s $1.2M.

AisoRed
5 years 1 month ago

Rangers are becoming a force.

5 years 1 month ago

WOW didnt see that one coming at all.

Joey Doughnuts
5 years 1 month ago

I wonder if this facilitates a Dunn trade now…..

5 years 1 month ago

watch out yankees!

yankees are getting nervous and are considering adding scott downs or berkman

Yankeeboy11
5 years 1 month ago

There not getting Downs. The Jays want Montero for him and the Yankees are not the Twins trading a top prospect for some Bullpen Arm.

5 years 1 month ago

Oh please. Ramos sucks.

5 years 1 month ago

Since when?

5 years 1 month ago

Sure because all top prospects eventually make the Hall of Fame. Prospects are SO overvalued in all sports. For every 1 that becomes a star there are 10 that will not and probably half that will never do anything. Capps is a proven ALL STAR reliever going to a team that needed a closer and Ramos was blocked by the best catcher in the game. Great trade for the Twins.

j6takish
5 years 1 month ago

I do not understand this at all. They are 9 games up on both the Halos and the A’s. Blanco and Arias can play a passable 2b until Kinsler comes back, then where does Guzman play? You sure as hell don’t play him over Kinsler

5 years 1 month ago

He’s a FA at the end of the season so it doesnt really matter. Plus he can fill in at other Positions when someone needs a day off

j6takish
5 years 1 month ago

Kinsler won’t be out that long though, and they already have utility guys in Blanco and Arias. Like I said, I don’t see why this move was necessary.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

I agree, Arias is almost as good as Guzman.
But I’d assume Blanco being DFA when Kinsler gets back, unless of course he has minor league options left… then the Rangers would have a very deep depth chart:

1B: Jorge Cantu, Chris Davis
2B: Ian Kinsler, Christian Guzman, Joaquin Arias
3B: Michael Young, Jorge Cantu
SS: Elvis Andrus, Christian Guzman, Joaquin Arias

and of course Arias can play a little 3rd and 1st, Davis can play 3rd, Cantu can play 2nd…
and Blanco would be ready to come up if anyone got hurt…

5 years 1 month ago

Davis is in AAA

5 years 1 month ago

Mitch Moreland has taken his spot as of yesterday.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

ah, true, that makes sense.

5 years 1 month ago

Blanco is already ahead of Arias in the pecking order…come on man if you are gonna list rosters do some research

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

well, it’s just that Arias just started yesterday, and Blanco did not…
and Arias is good enough to be in the majors (as a backup), and Blanco is not…
and Arias has more games and At-Bats…

5 years 1 month ago

Blanco is a career .250 hitter, and a great fielding infielder…more than adequate as a utl. infielder in MLB….he is better than Arias. He is also a switch hitter.

Arias has no power and all his hits have been soft singles to RF, he is not near the fielder that Blanco is.

5 years 1 month ago

Flukey singles to RF…the high average is an aberration. His hits have eyes, and that is not sustainable.

5 years 1 month ago

Flukey singles to RF…the high average is an aberration. His hits have eyes, and that is not sustainable.

5 years 1 month ago

Neither Blanco or Arias have options left. That is why they have both been on the roster all year.

5 years 1 month ago

Hopefully one of them was included in this trade.

5 years 1 month ago

Doesn’t hurt to have one more right handed option to come of the bench in PH situations, but it will be very interesting to see what roster moves are made as a result of this trade.

hedonistimpulse
5 years 1 month ago

Blanco or Arias will probably be gone.

MadmanTX
5 years 1 month ago

I agree, but there seem to have been rumors that Kinsler is going to be on the DL longer than the current stint. Arias went 1-4 last night, but I guess that didn’t cut it for the Rangers as an audition? I understand Guzman is an upgrade maybe over Blanco and Arias and insurance policy in case Kinsler is out for a while…but I would have thought they would have prioritized another pitcher for the rotation to replace Feldman and/or Harden.

MadmanTX
5 years 1 month ago

I agree, but there seem to have been rumors that Kinsler is going to be on the DL longer than the current stint. Arias went 1-4 last night, but I guess that didn’t cut it for the Rangers as an audition? I understand Guzman is an upgrade maybe over Blanco and Arias and insurance policy in case Kinsler is out for a while…but I would have thought they would have prioritized another pitcher for the rotation to replace Feldman and/or Harden.

5 years 1 month ago

rangers are all in for 2010, they’re mortaging their farm system to raise the market price for whoever wants to purchase the team.

if they go deep in the playoffs, their value would sky rocket.

5 years 1 month ago

The Rangers are in a position they dont have to worry much about a couple prospects their so deep. They haven’t had to give up their top ones so far in the moves they’ve made unless you include Smoak

Sophist4
5 years 1 month ago

their bankruptcy involves a pre-packaged plan to sell the team to Ryan/Greenburg. The value has already been determined, and MLB probably won’t concern itself if another bidder trumps that value.

They’re trying to win now because Ryan sees the opportunity and knows these things don’t come along all that often.

Derek Teslik
5 years 1 month ago

As a Nats fan I got to say that there is a joy to be found in late-August/early-September Guzmania that is one of the great intangibles in baseball. I’m happy that this gift has been given to a franchise that used to be the Washington Senators. //Short Stinks.

5 years 1 month ago

Rangers fans….whats the buzz on your end, who did you guys give us?

we are only hearing that we traded Guzman for Prospects (plural), but no word on which ones.

5 years 1 month ago

We know as much as you guys.

5 years 1 month ago

Daniels probably isn’t willing to give you any guys in the top 20.

He only gave Poveda, who is recovering from tommy-john surgery, (in the 20’s, future #5 starter) and Evan Reed (bullpen arm) for Cantu, who is much more valuable than Guzman.

5 years 1 month ago

Daniels probably isn’t willing to give you any guys in the top 20.

He only gave Poveda, who is recovering from tommy-john surgery, (in the 20’s, future #5 starter) and Evan Reed (bullpen arm) for Cantu, who is much more valuable than Guzman.

5 years 1 month ago

Tatusko is not in the top 30 Rangers prospects.

5 years 1 month ago

Tatusko in AA:58 k’s, 40 BB, in 100 IP…2.97 ERA is flukey IMO,.254 .avg. against, with 33 ER, 94 hits, in 100 IP…he is a dime a dozen

He is a sinkerballer.

5 years 1 month ago

Tatusko in AA:58 k’s, 40 BB, in 100 IP…2.97 ERA is flukey IMO,.254 .avg. against, with 33 ER, 94 hits, in 100 IP…he is a dime a dozen

He is a sinkerballer.

5 years 1 month ago

Tatusko is not in the top 30 Rangers prospects.

5 years 1 month ago

If any of you knew anything about the Rangers farm system, you would realize that we still have a top 5 system, despite the prospects we have traded.

5 years 1 month ago

We still have Martin Perez, Engel Beltre, Davis Stoneburner, Tanner Scheppers, Kasey Kiker, Wilmer Font, Miguel Velazquez, Jurickson Profar, Jorge Alfaro, Jake Skole, Kellin Deglan, Luis Sardinas, Robbie Ross, Robbie Erlin…I could keep going forever

5 years 1 month ago

The guys we gave up for Cantu weren’t even top 20 prospects in our own system.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

they were ranked the #2 system before the year, but now they no longer have (#1) Feliz as a PROSPECT.They also trade (#2) Smoak.(#20) Omar Poveda left in the Cantu trade (#21) Michael Main left in the Bengie trade…
(#17) Beavan also left in the Cliff Lee trade of course…

but yes, they certainly haven’t ruined their system, (although they only have 20 of their top 25 from last year still with them as prospects) and as for very significant prospects, they only really lost Smoak, and they still have one of the best systems.

5 years 1 month ago

Only top 10’s we have lost in 4 trades, were in the same trade…Smoak and Beavan

VoteForPrado
5 years 1 month ago

A little surprising, given his salary. But I like it; Guzman isn’t a superstar by any means but he fills the role nicely until Kinsler gets back. The Rangers just won’t stop.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

Rangers are really going for it and I love they have the Balls to make the moves to make their team better. They need a guy to fill in for Kinsler until he gets back…they get one…they need a guy to add more experience at 1B they get it… then when Kinsler comes back they have a deeper bench…great move

5 years 1 month ago

well, they’re smart… gotta give em’ that. they’re going for it all in 2010, and at the same time driving up the price for when the team gets auctioned. other gm’s might not like it, but major league baseball does.

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

well its a good thing that the MLb has allowed mark cuban and his billionaire ass to bid on the rangers…thats probably why they are spending this money now because cuban his more money than god and can take on all the money they are spending right now

KingConan17
5 years 1 month ago

And maybe Cuban can convince Ryan to stay on as President should his bid win. I don’t like Cuban but he’s passionate and if he makes the Rangers better I’d change my opinion of him.

Sophist4
5 years 1 month ago

If Cuban manages a higher bid – should it come to that – the people he needs to convince are the other owners, not Ryan. MLB can veto any other higher 100cent/dollar bidder, and Ryan/Greenburg are their favored suitors.

$3081341
5 years 1 month ago

Thats kinda what I’m hoping for here, a group of Cuban, Greenberg, & Ryan (as President).

KingConan17
5 years 1 month ago

And maybe Cuban can convince Ryan to stay on as President should his bid win. I don’t like Cuban but he’s passionate and if he makes the Rangers better I’d change my opinion of him.

5 years 1 month ago

depending on the prospects given up i love this move for texas…and anybody who thinks its gonna seriously hurt there incredible stockpile of talent is way wrong..Texas has plenty of talent down there to play with, and its not like the big league team is all that old, so a lot of them would have been blocked

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

I wonder how much sleep Tim and his staff get this time of the year

j6takish
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah the Rangers are giving up lots of prospects, but I can safely say they might one of the only teams that don’t need prospects for awhile. Andrus, Cruz, Feliz, and Hamilton are still under team control for little while longer. Feldman CJ Wilson and Julio Borbon aren’t going to cost that much. That’s a lot of impact guys they will have for awhile. They have Harden and Fransisco coming off the books next year which will pay for Hamiltons inevitable salary increase

j6takish
5 years 1 month ago

Scratch Feldman, I forgot he was as expensive as he is.

5 years 1 month ago

For the most part we have given up quantity not quality. We have only given up 2 top 10 prospects-Smoak, Beavan.

5 years 1 month ago

“sources confirm Guzman traded for “prospects” Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers”

hedonistimpulse
5 years 1 month ago

Right, lol.

hedonistimpulse
5 years 1 month ago

Maybe Engel Beltre as a PTBNL too.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Tatusko and Roark.

hedonistimpulse
5 years 1 month ago

I can definitely handle Tatusko and Roark for Guzman. Guzman’s no superstar, but Tatusko and Roark aren’t even on the radar as far as Rangers prospects.

JD’s good at his job.

hedonistimpulse
5 years 1 month ago

I can definitely handle Tatusko and Roark for Guzman. Guzman’s no superstar, but Tatusko and Roark aren’t even on the radar as far as Rangers prospects.

JD’s good at his job.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Tatusko and Roark.

5 years 1 month ago

you must have some good herb

jxhj11
5 years 1 month ago

The Greenberg group has supposedly upped their price offer for the team significantly to appease the creditors. Deal my actually get done before the auction of the team on August 4th, pending the approval of the judge. Mark Cuban is pissed….

j6takish
5 years 1 month ago

Didn’t Nolan say he would only stay on if Greenberg got the team?

jxhj11
5 years 1 month ago

I’m not sure about that, but he is part of the Greenberg group. I just looked up current news for the auction, seems the judge has denied the offer and will auction anyways.

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 1 month ago

Good, Greenberg and Hicks tried to screw the creditors with Selig’s blessing.

5 years 1 month ago

Yes he did.

5 years 1 month ago

The auction will proceed. Earlier report was pure bullshyte and that sucks.