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Cristian Guzman will be the Nationals' super utility guy

Apr 1, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

cristian guzman headshot nationals.jpgGuzman lost the starting shortstop gig to Ian Desmond and now the Nationals are planning on using him as a super utility guy, playing him at all four infield positions over the course of the season. He got his first start at second base in a game yesterday, turning two double plays and going 3 for 4.

Jim Riggleman says that Guzman will “is really going to be a big contributor to the club” in this role, but it’s also quite possible that they’re trying to showcase him for a trade with his new found versatility as his primary value. Not that it would be extreme value given that Guzman has never played an inning of major league baseball at any position other than shortstop.

  1. BC - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    A utility guy that can’t field. Just what every team needs.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    “A utility guy that can’t field.” Yeah, how dare anyone give that job to a Latino guy instead of the requisite white “hustling”, good-quote good ol’ boy. 😉
    Seriously, the Nationals are on the hook for Guzman’s salary, so why shouldn’t they see if they can get SOME value for him, either as the utility guy or in a trade?

  3. Curious George - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Guzman being showcased by the Nationals is the equivalent of washed up B-listers being showcased on Dancing With the Stars.
    When even TLR is turning away the likes of Julio Lugo, you know the market is think for someone like Guzman.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 1, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Being the utility guy for the Gnats strikes me as a bit like being the damage control officer on the H. M. S. Hood.

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