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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nationals - Signed Guzman

Washington Nationals - Signed SS Cristian Guzman to a 2-year contract worth $16 million.

I so want to mock the Nationals, but Guzman’s but legitimately decent this season (and the part of last) and it’s only a 2-year commitment.  Not only has Guzman been hitting like a Major Leaguer since eye surgery, he’s actually been fielding like one for the first time in his career.  Cristian Guzman, Actual Contributor, Not Merely Pretend Contributor.  Who would’ve thunk it?  Perhaps Lenny Harris has something to do with it - lots of Nats hitters are having confoundingly bad offensive seasons, but who knows, maybe Guzman is just a bad enough hitter on a technical level that Harris was able to improve him?

Of course, after not bashing the Nats, Guzman will no doubt now go back to being a 290/350 flailer with Blauseriffic defense.  There’s certainly a reasonable chance that would happen, but see the free agent market lately?  Unless they’re going to compete for the few actual top players in the market, which they won’t, the Nats might as well bring Jeff Huson out of retirement or something.

2008 ZiPS Projection - Cristian Guzman
Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Year-to-Date* 420 56 129 26 3   5 34 17 36   3 .307 .338 .419
Rest-of-Yr?  179 22   51   9 2   2 13   9 20   2 .285 .323 .391
Total       599 78 180 35 5   7 47 26 56   5 .301 .335 .411
2009?      431 55 121 21 5   5 45 25 52   4 .281 .324 .387
Top Comps:  Garry Templeton, Jose Vizcaino


Dan Szymborski Posted: July 23, 2008 at 07:38 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. flournoy Posted: July 23, 2008 at 09:15 PM (#2869814)
How bad was Blauser's defense? I know he had a bad reputation, and the Braves felt compelled to keep Rafael Belliard because of it, but I've never seen any stats or anything.
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: July 23, 2008 at 09:26 PM (#2869840)
So does Guzman become Jose Reyes's ceiling again?

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