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9/30/1975 (41 y, 4 m, 21 d)
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Guillen (calf) was left off the Tigers' postseason roster, the Detroit News reports. (9/30/2011)
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Year in Review:
Guillen missed half of 2009 with a shoulder injury. The 322 plate appearances he got represented his worst offensive year since 2002 (wOBA of .328). His batting average dropped to .246 after six seasons above .275. The two culprits were BABIP, which fell to .267 after being above .300 in every season since his rookie year, and his strikeout rate of 20%, a career high. On the other hand his power was solid: he hit 11 homers in his half season and posted a .177 ISO, well above his career average. The power was aided by a drop in ground-ball rate to 36% (by far his career lowest), but this could also play a role in his lower BABIP and, consequently, his batting average.
The Year Ahead:
As soon as the 2009 season ended, Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced that Guillen would be the Tigers’ starting 2010 left fielder, so unless his performance drops off he does not have to worry about losing PAs to Ryan Raburn. Even so, at this point in his career, Guillen’s value is fairly limited, as he will only qualify as an outfielder in 2010. The best-case scenario is that he returns to his pre-shoulder-injury form, and gets more than 600 PAs and hits around .300, with 20 homers, 90 runs and RBI, and starts running again for 15 steals. Those represent the best case and you should expect closer to .275/15/75/75/5. He should probably only be considered in deep-mixed and AL-only leagues. (Dave Allen)
Guillen had an injury-plagued 2010 season (three trips -- hamstring, calf and toe) that left his fantasy value quite low. Injuries have always been a part of his resume, but usually they are only for a few days at a time. His recent stats show that he can be useful when playing. He has not hit over .300 since 2006, but was able to post a respectable .273 in 2010 after a disappointing .242 batting average in 2009. He was also able to hit six home runs in 2010 in 68 games and 11 in 2011. Currently, he has zero value in the base-stealing department. There is a possibility of him hitting .280 with 20 home runs while qualified as a second baseman. Only three second basemen with > 500 ABs reached that level in 2010 (Robinson Cano, Dan Uggla and Kelly Johnson). Guillen could be valuable player on a fantasy team, if he can stay on the field. And that is the big "if" with him this season. He should be considered a starting 2B in AL-only or deeper-mixed leagues, but due to his injury history a backup plan needs to be in place when, not if, he gets hurt. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Guillen could be a nice option at second base if he is able to stay on the field.
The last time Carlos Guillen played over 100 games in a season, it was 2008. Or, a long time ago. Injuries -- the long return from rehabilitation after microfracture surgery in 2010, and a wrist injury in August -- shortened Guillen’s 2011 season to only 28 games, and he struggled mightily, hitting only .232/.265/.368. A .244 batting average on balls in play certainly didn’t help, nor did Guillen’s 4.9% walk rate. While rumours about the 36-year-old retiring have been heard, Guillen says he’s fully healthy for the first time in years, and is looking for a job in 2012. Without any guaranteed at-bats, Guillen’s too much of a question mark to be worthy of a spot on your fantasy roster. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
The past few seasons of Carlos Guillen’s career have been a nightmare, with 2011 being especially bad at the plate. There are far too many superior options -- and even those less superior with fewer question marks -- than Guillen in most leagues. Unfortunately, Mr. Guillen’s just got too much baggage.
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Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 11:40 AM ET
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