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Carlos Guillen returns to Mariners on minor-league contract

Feb 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan Reuters

Carlos Guillen, who played for the Mariners from 1998-2003 before being traded to the Tigers, is returning to Seattle on a minor-league contract.

Guillen has had a very good, very odd career, shifting all over the diamond defensively while developing into an impact hitter in his late twenties, but now he’s simply trying to hang around coming off lots of health problems at age 36.

He’s played just 81, 68, and 28 games during the past three seasons and finally stopped producing offensively last year, batting .232 with a .633 OPS in limited action.

Still, considering how desperate the Mariners have been for any sort of lineup help adding Guillen on a no-risk deal makes sense. They originally acquired him from the Astros, along with Freddy Garcia and John Halama, in the Randy Johnson deal.

  1. normcash - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    As a Tigers fan, I wish Carlos Guillen every success. When his health permitted, he was an excellent
    player and an outstanding member of the Detroit community. It is sad that his career has so often been marked by physical problems. Here’s hoping he can stay well and contribute to the Mariners
    at the major league level in the season to come.

    • normcash - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Hard to believe somebody gave a thumbs down to the sentiment I expressed above. Lots
      of jerks in the world….

      • greynraney - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        No just one jerk – you.

    • Detroit Michael - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Agreed. Carlos Guillen was a fun player to watch during his long stint with the Tigers.

      He finished 10th in the AL MVP race in 2006, but he deserved better than that. He was a surprisingly good up-the-middle performer (3rd in b-ref WAR, not that we knew that stat back then) for a surprisingly good team.

  2. hep3 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    This is good news for Jered Weaver.

  3. normcash - Feb 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Looks like greynraney is a very unhappy person…

  4. aintthenazz - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Good luck, Carlos. The homerun he hit off that punk Weaver was my highlight of the year last season!

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