Cristian Guzman to the Rangers

With Ian Kinsler being placed on the Disabled List yesterday with a strained groin, the recently free-wheeling Jon Daniels wasted no time finding a temporary replacement, trading currently unknown prospects for veteran middle infielder Cristian Guzman according to’s Bill Ladson. While the Kinsler move to the DL was more precautionary than potentially serious, the Rangers are taking no chances.

Guzman will also give the Rangers needed insurance up the middle, as backup infielders Andres Blanco and Joaquin Arias are not very slick with the bat. ZiPS projects Arias for a .292 wOBA going forward and a .295 mark for Blanco. Although Guzman only has a .304 wOBA on the season, ZiPS likes him for a .319 rate the rest of the way. The main issue for Guzman this season has been his power; after slugging .440, and .390 over the past two seasons, he has dropped down to .361 in 2010, his lowest total since his horrendously terrible 2005. The combination of summer and Arlington may give Guzman a little power boost.

Defensively, Guzman has adjusted decently to second base this season according to UZR (although Baseball Info Solution’s Defensive Runs Saved does not think as highly). Guzman shouldn’t be called on to spell Elvis Andrus very often, as the former’s range at shortstop is well below average.

For Washington, they’re capitalizing on an aggressive market that is lacking in the available stars of recent years. After snagging Wilson Ramos from Minnesota for Matt Capps, the prospects they get back from Texas could be pretty good considering that the Rangers are overpaying in farm talent for salary relief in lieu of their recent bankruptcy. However, we’ll wait and see if the bigger dominoes (Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham) fall before tomorrow’s deadline.

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Pat Andriola is an Analyst at Bloomberg Sports who formerly worked in Major League Baseball's Labor Relations Department. You can contact him at or follow him on Twitter @tuftspat

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  1. Billy says:

    At least he can hit from the left side.

    Giving up prospects for the Nats to pay his salary? The Rangers aren’t really making themselves better this year, or for the futre. Guzman is bordeline replacement level.

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    • Souldrummer says:

      He can hit from the left hand side but his splits aren’t that balanced as a switch-hitter. .640OPS hitting left handed, .784 hitting right handed. We were platooning him with Adam Kennedy the last couple weeks.

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  2. BC says:

    Rangers reportedly gave up two SPs… Roark and Tatusko. Any word on them? Doesn’t look like they’re highly-ranked prospects.

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    • ACWNS09 says:

      Tatusko isn’t much of a prospect. A 25 year-old in AA with low strikeout rates. Roark is all-around better, but still not much more than a fringe prospect.

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  3. Cidron says:

    Thats all they are asking him to be. replacement level. And a veteran version, without the yips and all that might play into the mind of a younger, less experienced player, or one that hasnt been in a playoff race before. The two backups he replaces, as the article states, are below average with the bat at this time in their careers.

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  4. philosofool says:

    I like this move for the Rangers. Guzman gives them a little more depth for little cost. The Rangers have decided to go for it, and this gives them a little insurance. He’s a 1 WAR player (in a full season) who can cover the infield, which makes him a good bench guy.

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  5. CircleChange11 says:

    For not being able to take on salary, the Rangers are being aggressive and making some good moves.

    I like what they are doing for 2 reasons:

    (1) The financial situation makes the future murky. They have to go for it NOW, because now is all they can “bank” on.

    (2) When have the Rangers been in this good of a playoff position? They certainly are not annual playoff contenders and they aren’t likely to get another year like this out of Vlad … So go for it while you can. They also don’t seem to be mortaging the future, unless Smoak is viewed as a perenniel star player … And even then, it still might be worth it if they go deep with Lee leading the way.

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  6. Tim says:

    Wow, “horrendously terrible,” “in lieu of their recent bankruptcy.” This article’s English Usage Above Replacement is -1.2. You should be writing for a newspaper.

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  7. dinordi says:

    The Texas Rangers have acquired Bengie Molina, Cliff Lee, Jorge Cantu and Christian Guzman this year at the deadline. All of which, will be free agents in the offseason.

    The Elias Rankings are projected here

    Molina(typeA) Guerrero(typeA) Cruz(typeA) Hamilton(typeA) Murphy(typeB) Lee(typeA) Harden(typeB) Oliver(typeA) Francisco(typeA) Guzman(typeB) Cantu(typeB).

    If new ownership cannot sign these players, they will offer arbitration by December 1st. If the player declines and opts for free agency, that’s when the draft picks come rolling in. Potentially 18 first round picks.

    Plenty of fodder to restock the likes of Micheal Main, Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Matthew Lawson, Josh Lueke, Evan Reed, Omar Poveda, Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark.

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