Cristian Guzman, a Washington Nationals staple and the last remaining players from the original Nationals Opening Day roster in 2005, has been traded to the Texas Rangers.
In 89 games with the Nationals this season, Guzman hit a solid .282 and scored 44 runs. He also proved to be a versatile fielder by stepping in at second base, shortstop, and right field. With Ian Kinsler’s placement on the disabled list due to a “left groin strain”, the Rangers are stocking up on infielders with the addition of Guzman and ex-Marlin Jorge Cantu.
It was originally reported that Guzman was generating interest from the Phillies, but the 11-year veteran is a great pick up for Texas, and although he won’t put up the same power numbers that Kinsler does, he will bring a solid glove and an even better baseball mind to a club trying to reach new heights. Adam Kennedy looks to become the full-time second baseman for the Nats and Ian Desmond will fill in as the full-time shortstop.