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Nationals trade Cristian Guzman to Rangers

Infielder Cristian Guzman, a member of the Nationals since baseball returned to Washington, has been traded to the Texas Rangers, according to a baseball source close to Guzman. Guzman was saddened by the move because he enjoyed Washington, but agreed to the trade. Guzman had to accept because he has 10-and-5 rights.

It is not yet known how much of the salary the Nationals will pick or what other players were involved in the trade. Guzman is in the final year of a two-year, $16 million contract that pays him $8 million this season. The Rangers are currently in bankruptcy, which could complicate matters.

Guzman changed from starting shortstop to utility infielder this spring when Ian Desmond won the starting job. Guzman dutifully accepted a lesser role and became a fixture at second base, surpassing Adam Kennedy with hot hitting early in the season. Guzman is hitting .282 with a .327 on-base percentage and a .361 slugging percentage with two home runs.

Guzman has played in 550 games for the Nationals, second only to Ryan Zimmerman.

Update, 5:55 p.m.: The Nationals will receive Class AA right-handed starters Ryan Tatusko (25) and Tanner Roark (23) from the Rangers in exchange for Cristian Guzman.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 30, 2010; 3:22 PM ET
Categories:  Cristian Guzman , trade deadline  | Tags: Cristian Guzman  
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Should've made this happen when he actually had value, but glad we got something for him... whatever it is.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

For whom?

Posted by: phillip4 | July 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Whomever this team receives, I'm sure that this team is paying some of the freight on the rest of his $8M contract this year. There is probably at around $3.5M left on his contract and with the Rangers in financial trouble, some cash may have gone along with Guzzie...

Posted by: -CN- | July 30, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Good for Guz; I'm glad he's going to a contender and presumably the playoffs. I've got a soft spot for him (being the last remaining position player from the 2005 opening day roster), even if he did occasionally drive me nuts with those random lackadaisical plays.

Posted by: joebleux | July 30, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice scoop Adam. Interesting to see who the compensation is.

Also, the Nats just posted on Facebook that Lannan is starting in Strasburg's slot on Sunday. Not expected, based on his results in AA.

Posted by: natinbeantown | July 30, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Adam Kennedy the second baseman for the rest of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Baseball95der26 | July 30, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising, Guzman's been becoming more and more of an "extra" for the Nats. The Desmond and Kennedy team along with Gonzalez seems to be the middle infield now. They just need to be sure they keep the "big target" at first with the 44 on it, so those guys can still throw to someone.

Posted by: blankspace | July 30, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't bet on Kennedy; he's probably next out the door.

Posted by: joebleux | July 30, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is a surprise. Good luck to Guzman! I guess it's going to be Kennedy and Gonzalez at second for a while longer. I guess this means we won't be moving Kennedy to first base in place of Dunn.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Good for Guzman. I hope he gets to the playoffs and that his career is extended. We will miss his bat.

My fondest hope for this team is that somehow we get a decent shortstop. Desmond is not it.

Posted by: longhorn64 | July 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Good - glad to get this bum out of town. He can take his 13 walks a year with him . . .

Posted by: littlejohn6971 | July 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your service Cristian!

Posted by: amorris525 | July 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

No tears for Guzman, that's for sure. Didn't take enough pitches, had stunning lack of range for an athletic infielder, the classic case of a guy with pretty good stats but did not make the rest of his team better at all.

Funny thing about Guzman was the Post surveyed all the Nats after year 1 and found out Guzman was the only player to buy property! And he did end up staying the longest, defying all logic.

Posted by: paulkp | July 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Bill Larson had this story first

Posted by: swanni | July 30, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Ladson not Larson - damn u self correcting iPad

Posted by: swanni | July 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Prospects rumored to be Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers.

Posted by: buckwheaton1 | July 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Perez: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7150993&topic_id=7962336

Scheppers: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7150811&topic_id=7962336

Posted by: buckwheaton1 | July 30, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

caveat: this rumor is unlikely to be true, but I can confirm that someone on the internet did say it.

Posted by: buckwheaton1 | July 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

buckwheaton1-

Not a chance. Stop teasing. Here is Ladson, though, on the radio.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | July 30, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Farewell and good luck, Guzzie! At least some of us will miss you.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | July 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Capps, Guzman gone, but Dunn is still here...

Posted by: bromisky | July 30, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So, do the Lerners get any credit for spending money if they're picking up contracts on guys they trade, like Guzman, and sending some cash with Capps to Minnesota? Just curious, I'm not sure myself if that makes them spenders.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Tanner Scheppers a member of the Bad News Bears?

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

If that rumor is actually true, Rizzo should be arrested for grand theft...

Posted by: swang30 | July 30, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

if Tanner Scheppers is who we got Rizzo has puleld of two steals in less than 24 hours

Posted by: Baseball95der26 | July 30, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Capps, Guzman gone, but Dunn is still here...

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I think they're going to move him to second base. Free up first for Morse....

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Martin Perez, one of the better prospects in the minors, a 19-year old already playing in AA ball (struggling, but still) for Cristian Guzman? That's hard to believe...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Ignore buckwheat, he appears to have let his fantasy run wild.

Kind of like Ecklund (hockey fans will get the reference)

Posted by: Liebercreep | July 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals obtain two good pitching prospects who aren't yet major league ready, MLB.com's Bill Ladson told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio

Posted by: Baseball95der26 | July 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

So, do the Lerners get any credit for spending money if they're picking up contracts on guys they trade, like Guzman, and sending some cash with Capps to Minnesota? Just curious, I'm not sure myself if that makes them spenders.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 3:47 PM

All that matters is how much they spend next season. They already wasted this year with cheapness (Kennedy over Hudson), so whatever cash they send to Minnesota and Texas doesn't really matter to me.

Without Capps and Dunn (probable) then the Lerners could be setting us up for a 2011 payroll of what... $50 million? Even after some bargain basement free agents. Maybe they'll clear 50 or 60 million in 2011 profits!

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Tanner Scheppers. What a great name! If only it were true that we're getting the #39 prospect in the country, but I'm sure it's not.

No, Lerners don't get credit for picking up salaries. They were obligated to pay them anyway. Now, if the Nats acquired someone and they had to pick up the salary of that player, they'd get some credit.

Posted by: Section222 | July 30, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@Liebercreep: But someone said it....on the internet....it must be true....

Posted by: buckwheaton1 | July 30, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

222 and Kev29, I agree that the real test comes in the offseason (or sooner, with Dunn) but they're not obligated to pay the guys once they trade them. That's my point.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"I think they're going to move him to second base. Free up first for Morse..."

Actually, @Baltova1, Morse can and has played second base extensively in AAA and some in the majors. Everyone here seems to fear that ...

Unfortunately, have to admit I've gone back and forth on this, the new starting 2B maybe, perhaps could be Gordon Beckham? With Kennedy going along with Dunn to the Chisox. Plus Edwin Jackson ... likely some other players leaving along with them if that trade is actually executed.

I think I prefer Dunn, with some harder focus on that fielding!

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo is Old Mother Hubbard, restocking the cupboard. Let's hope some of the new dogs can dance.

Posted by: BobLHead | July 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

peri, um, that was a joke.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@buckwheaton1,

"@Liebercreep: But someone said it....on the internet....it must be true...."

You just never know? A very smoldering hot Miss Iowa is here to throw out the first pitch to Miguel Batista? Who knew that the Poet was a great pickup artist?

Stranger things have happened ... lol

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

222 and Kev29, I agree that the real test comes in the offseason (or sooner, with Dunn) but they're not obligated to pay the guys once they trade them. That's my point.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 3:56 PM

Sure, but they're just doing the necessary thing to make the deal happen. I'm sure the Lerners would rather have the Rangers pay Guzman, but Texas wouldn't do the deal without that stipulation.

So I guess you can give ownership credit for buying prospects here. Just like we should be happy about OKing the pick up of Maya. Hey, look at me saying nice things about the Lerners!

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"peri, um, that was a joke."

Baltova1, I know ... and for many here so is the notion of Morse at second base ... as I recall from last year ... lol

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo's finally getting his hands dirty. We'll see what comes of it in a year or two. Too bad the farm system is still reverberating from Bowden's handywork.

Posted by: richs91 | July 30, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@Kev29, the sent $500,000 along with Capps which effectively finishes paying his salary for this year. Twins are notoriously cheap from their inception as the former Washington Senators.

Who is cheaper? I'd say the Twins.

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Who is cheaper? I'd say the Twins.

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 4:04 PM

Twins gave Orlando Hudson what he was looking for...

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

And have a payroll $36 million higher than the Nats.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, at the very least I won't have to listen to the annoying Nats stadium PA guy announce "Now batting CRISTIAN GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ mon."

Posted by: trezmartin | July 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

BTW, latest rumor aout Edwin Jackson is that the Nats want him to be...their closer. That would be, um, interesting, given that Jackson's never been a closer.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Guz was a bum. Good riddens. Now if we deal Dunn, should we deal Willingham too? It would be pretty nuts to see Dunn, Willingham, Capps, and Guzman off the roster by Sunday...

Posted by: drobins7 | July 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

So I guess we are closing out the year because now we are going to look more like a minor league team out there.... think they had trouble selling tickets before... I bet ya I can get tickets for free walking up to the stadium now :) They'll never learn.

Posted by: rvanags | July 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Twins aren't cheap.

Check out the $10M+/yr contracts for Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, Nathan and resignings in the last year of Span, Blackburn, and Kubel. They've got a $100M+ payroll.

Used to be cheap. Aren't anymore.

Posted by: bflorhodes | July 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, at the very least I won't have to listen to the annoying Nats stadium PA guy announce "Now batting CRISTIAN GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ mon."

Posted by: trezmartin | July 30, 2010 4:09 PM

I am personally going to make sure that the PA guy speaks normally next season. Will be writing a letter a day to the front office about it until they tell me to stop. Then I'll write two a day.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I heard that the Rangers are giving up Jeff Burroughs and Pete Broberg for Guzman. Toby Harrah wouldn't waive his "no trade" clause. (Good 'cause I wouldn't want that bum back anyway!)

Posted by: dcnationals1 | July 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals will acquire pitcher Ryan Tatusko in the deal, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan

Posted by: Baseball95der26 | July 30, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I am having nightmares that Willie Harris will play 2nd. Riggs loves him some Willie.

Posted by: hansenjo | July 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Tatusko: AA starting pitcher, 9-2. 2.37 ERA but only 5.2 K per inning. 25 years old which is old for AA. Marginal prospect, org filler

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker&id=tatusk001rya

Posted by: hoo93 | July 30, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Tatusko is coming back from Tommy John. That's why he's only in AA.

Posted by: bitner | July 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

What are you talking about? Willie Harris has nightmares that Willie Harris will play 2nd base.

>>> I am having nightmares that Willie Harris will play 2nd. Riggs loves him some Willie.

Posted by: dcnationals1 | July 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

A couple of Dallas Morning News readers comments seem to be saying the Nats are getting Ryan Tatusko, a 6-5, 200 lb, right-handed pitcher. He is currently 9-2, with a 2.97 ERA for AA Frisco, Texas.

Posted by: noslok | July 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

ESPN says Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.

Tatusko would be a steal--can't imagine we get him.

Any trade dumping Guzman for any propspect with any potential whatsoever was a steal though. Wasn't in the Nats' plans long-term obviously.

Didn't do a bad job this year though. Good luck to him, like Capps!!

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | July 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Good - glad to get this bum out of town. He can take his 13 walks a year with him . . .

Posted by: littlejohn6971 | July 30, 2010 3:38 PM


Your on a blog, he is on a professional baseball team making 16 million. And you call him a bum? I bet he can do your job better than you can do his. What are you doing in life besides trolling web blogs that makes you think you can call a professional player a bum?

Posted by: ged0386 | July 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Tanner Roark and Tatusko - http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=MLB&id=6429&line=299258&spln=1

Posted by: bitner | July 30, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Guzman had his limitations but being a bum wasn't one of them. He graciously accepted his new role this year and played his way into the starting lineup. His approach to hitting was consistent and productive, he just wasn't going to walk many times. I never heard him speak, just went about doing his job. He didn't put a gun to anyone's head to get his $16M. Overcame the horrible season (with the help of lasik) and regained his batting prowess. I wish him well, hope he gets to the post season.

Posted by: Natmeister | July 30, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Inneresting issue--shouldn't a player be able to refuse a trade to a team in bankrupcy, since he can't be sure his contract will be fulfilled? (Baseball is the game for lawyers and other nerds, right?)

Posted by: Dan4 | July 30, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I didn't realize the Rangers were in bankruptcy...might W. and his family's cronies have left the team the same wrecked fiscal legacy that they left our economy?

Posted by: evanescent_panoply | July 30, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

We supposedly pay over 2 million of Guz's salary...according to Buster Olney.

I knew it would be too good to be true that we wouldn't pay any of it...

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | July 30, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

::Happy Dance::

Posted by: BoteMan | July 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Natmiester: Thanks for bringing some civilty to this blog about the Guzman trade and good luck Guzzie while some of the know-nothings are bashing you i'll say this he didn't make twenty something errors this year! He accepted his role and actually played well at second although he didn't have the range,hopefully he'll help the Rangers get to the playoff's and beyond.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 30, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Inneresting issue--shouldn't a player be able to refuse a trade to a team in bankrupcy, since he can't be sure his contract will be fulfilled? (Baseball is the game for lawyers and other nerds, right?)

Posted by: Dan4 |
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Sounds like the Nats are picking up a chunk (maybe all) of his salary for the rest of the year, and he's a free agent after that, so his contract is more-or-less fulfilled regardless of the Rangers' financial problems.

Posted by: js_edit | July 30, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

So much for my #15 jersey. I was hoping for more out of Guzman, but he never really showed much fire.

I'm not a fan of the signing of Kennedy, so we better make a trade for a second baseman before I can feal better about all this. Anyone willing to trade us a top 2nd base prospect for Dunn?

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | July 30, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

With Guzman gone, one would think Gonzalez would get more playing time, but I'm sure Riggleman has already decided to play Kennedy and Harris twice as much than before.
And if Dunn is traded, Riggleman will probably fill his spot with Kennedy, and play Harris at 2nd, while leaving Morse and Gonzalez on the bench.
While I realize I am being ridiculous, can someone please tell me that this isn't totally plausible?
I envy the O's for landing Showalter!

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 30, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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