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Mike Rizzo: Nationals not trying to trade Cristian Guzman

With the Nationals naming Ian Desmond their starting shortstop, former starter Cristian Guzman became expendable. At this point, though, the Nationals are not actively involved in trade talks regarding Guzman, General Manager Mike Rizzo said.

"We haven't had any discussions about that," Rizzo said. "We have not made any calls and we haven't taken any calls about a trade" for Guzman.

Rizzo acknowledged Guzman would be a difficult player to trade. He is in the final year of the two-year, $16 million contract he signed prior to the 2008 season, when Jim Bowden served as the Nationals general manager. His cumbersome $8 million salary this season makes unlikely another team acquiring Guzman, an accomplished hitter whose value is diminished because of his .307 career on-base percentage.

Rizzo also believes Guzman will contribute to the Nationals. He will serve as a utility player and, perhaps, an insurance policy for Desmond. This morning, Manager Jim Riggleman said Guzman may still become the Nationals starter if Desmond falters over the course of the season's opening months.

"He's a major league shortstop who has proven he can hit," Rizzo said. "We see him as an important part of our ball club going forward."

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 28, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
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It's too bad the Nationals don't have a mad scientist who could take Christian Guzman and Justin Maxwell and sew them together into one player. Guzman has one and only one tool - the ability to put the bat on the ball. Maxwell has every other tool but not that one.

Meld them together and you'd have an Albert Pujols with speed. We've got the I-270 biotech corridor nearby, can't the Nationals get someone working on this?

Posted by: B2O2 | March 28, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@B202 According to scouting reports you just described Jose Julio Ruiz. Again wondering where all of Stan's impending international signings are? Was he referring to Jhonathan Solano. He has been hitting this spring so I suppose we could this Caribbean native with any injury to Pudge or Nieves.

Posted by: periculum | March 28, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

This move in nuts. Guz will be untradable unless he plays everyday. Desmond is young and still needs finishing and he can get that at 'Cuse. I have no idea what they are thinking with this.

Posted by: dfh21 | March 28, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Stan was talking about international signings again? He mostly seems to find new sides of his mouth to talk about when he says that, but we did sign Martin fairly recently.

I honestly believe Stan wants to be in the international market, but can we please get on with it already?


Posted by: kevincostello | March 28, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Essentially Guz is untradable no matter what.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | March 28, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Another sly remark by a sportlitical sportitition. (sounds like a remark you would hear from a politician.)

Posted by: Pete433 | March 28, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Guzman is not expendable unless Desmond can field.

Posted by: markfromark | March 28, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Guzman will be back at short before long. Desmond can't field.

Posted by: longhorn64 | March 28, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Desmond is an error machine and a (pitching) staff killer.

Posted by: fpcsteve | March 28, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

do any of you actually, you know, watch baseball?

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | March 28, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

do any of you actually, you know, watch baseball?

Caught me. Never seen a game in my life.

Posted by: markfromark | March 28, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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