Cristian Guzman To Miss At Least Half Of 2011 Season

Cristian Guzman will sit out at least the first half of the upcoming season, his agent Stanley King tells MLB.com's Bill Ladson.  King says his client is dealing with unspecified "family issues," and while he hopes Guzman can settle things over the next few months, it's possible Guzman could not play at all in 2011.  The free agent infielder would still attempt to return in 2012, however.

Guzman drew some interest from Colorado earlier this winter, but overall there hasn't been much buzz about the veteran, who will turn 33 later this month.  King says Guzman recently received offers from two NL teams but Guzman had already decided to sit out the first half.

A two-time former All-Star, Guzman had played for Washington since 2005 before being sent to Texas at the trade deadline. He had a combined line of .266/.311/.337 with the Nats and Rangers last season and didn't make any postseason appearances for Texas.  Guzman has spent most of his 11-year career at shortstop, but has posted below-average UZR/150 ratings at the position since 2004.  He spent most of his time at second base last season, and even played eight games in right field.



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