Nats Asked Guzman to Move to 2B

Whoa whoa whoa, someone’s been reading The Nationals Review! Ok, the Nats have probably never read it, but according to ESPN980, the Nats had a meeting with Cristian Guzman last night yesterday afternoon, asking him to play 2B in the 2010 season. Wow, I’ve been screaming this since May! And I’ve said it only about every time I have had the chance since. It appears that the Nats think it’s a good idea, too. By the way, the 980 report also said that Guzman was “in shock” and didn’t provide an answer.

As I see articles providing evidence of this, I’ll link them here. Here’s one that talks about why they’re concerned. Here’s one saying he won’t become less valuable at 2B.

This is what it may look like:

guzman near 2b

And I’m guessing this is your starting SS for 2010:

Desmond Fielding2

Seems like a wise decision, assuming Desmond can field SS. Even if he’s not the starter, I like the idea of Guzman playing 2B. His bat is OK, nothing great, but better than most alternatives. And his range is really diminished, while Desmond’s is impressive. If this team is all about up-the-middle defense, like Rizzo says, moving Guzman, off the team or to 2B, is the way to go.

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2 thoughts on “Nats Asked Guzman to Move to 2B

  1. I don’t think anyone has to have been reading your blog for this one, just watching the Nats and what was done with the call ups. Rizzo knows what he is doing. The Nats, or any team that wants to be part of the “best” in baseball needs to be solid and fast up the middle. Just look at the great O’s teams we watched in the 70’s and other of the really good teams over the past decades. Guzzie will be better at 2B than what we currently have on the roster or on the farm teams who may be almost ready to come up. Also better than whoever we could probably sign as a free agent. He will also be a better fielder at 2B than he has been recently at SS. He will need to get his mind set on the change. Now, however, let’s not get all giddy about Desmond. He has played one good game with the bat and OK at SS. He has a history of making bad throws. That can be cured with work and concentration. Zim seems to have gotten over it. Overall this will be another step in upgrading the Nats.

    • Hey, come on, Jim! I know they’re not actually listening to me, I’m just trying to take some undeserved credit here! As for Desmond, I’m actually much less considered with his glove than his bat. He’s clearly got range, and like you said, the throwing errors aren’t worth getting all excited about. Yesterday’s game was great, but he’s not a real power hitter, so let’s just hope he can hit well enough to be a decent SS.

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