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'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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4 years 5 months ago

The SS market is woefully thin right now, he’d absolutely find work as a backup/substitute on almost any team. His glove might be better suited for 2B at this point but he’s still got value, no doubt. A full year in a hitter-friendly park would yield results.

4 years 5 months ago

Can you believe that this clown was an All-Star twice?

4 years 5 months ago

It’s a shame when a SS can’t find a job due to personal issues. But we as fans have to remember that we will never know the significance of global anxiety/personal issues when it comes to baseball, and the effects it may have. Let’s just hope this guy will find a job, and soon!