The Cleveland Indians will sign former Washington Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzmán to a minor league deal pending a physical, according to MLB Trade Rumors and MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Guzmán was the Nats shortstop during Indians manager Manny Acta’s time as the skipper in Washington.
The Washington Nationals parted ways with Cristian Guzmán back in 2010 at the trade deadline, and he finished the season with the Texas Rangers. The Nationals got the socially-savvy Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark back in the deal.
Guzmán had an up-and-down career with the Nationals, and many remember him fondly as the team’s starting shortstop when the Nats came to DC in 2005. Perhaps the most memorable season was in 2008, when he was named as the Nationals only All-Star represntative. He hit .316 and posted a career high .345 OBP, which was remarkable. Guzmán was never known for his patience at the plate.