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Indians sign Cristian Guzman

Indians sign Cristian Guzman
February 22, 2012
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This afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent infielder Cristian Guzman to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training. He is in camp and will wear #0.

Guzman turns 34-years old on March 21st, and in his 12-year, 1406 game Major League career he has compiled a .271 AVG (1459-for-5382) with 238 doubles, 62 home runs, 467 RBI and 125 stolen bases. He did not play last season because he was recovering from right shoulder surgery that was originally performed in October of 2009. He returned in 2010 and played in 89 combined games witht he Nationals and Rangers (.266, 2 HR, 26 RBI, .648 OPS), but reportedly complications arose which sidelined him all of last season.

Guzman is a two-time All Star (2001, 2008) that has spent most of his career at shortstop, though has played in 72 games in his career at second base and 8 games in right field. He is expected to be in the mix for a utility role with the big league club as an option to backup shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Jason Kipnis.

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User Comments

February 24, 2012 - 1:01 PM EST
Sal, it is possible, but I doubt it. I think a great majority of the NRI guys this spring will be released at the end of camp or as we progress through things this spring. With Juan Diaz and Cord Phelps expected to be the everyday guys in Columbus at SS/2B, there is no room for a guy unless as a backup, and I don't think Guzman would relish that role in AAA.
February 24, 2012 - 12:06 PM EST
Do u think he cud end up with clippers?
Tony Lastoria
February 22, 2012 - 4:01 PM EST
Good point! Ha! I fixed it thx. My bad.
John T.
February 22, 2012 - 3:21 PM EST
Turns out he's of the non-Christian belief: Cristian Guzman.

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