Guzman, King will take wait-and-see approach
On Sunday, Cristian Guzman declined to comment about the possibility of Ian Desmond being the everyday shortstop for the Nationals. But Guzman’s agent, Stanley King, said Monday only the team has control of who plays the position.
King declined to say if he would asked the team to trade Guzman if the latter starts the season on the bench. Trying to trade Guzman would be difficult because he’s making $8 million this season.
“That is not my decision,” King said. “We have to take a wait-and-see approach. All Cristian can do is work hard and help the team in any way possible.”
King said the team has not talked to him about a contract extension for Guzman, who is a free agent after the 2010 season.
“There are no hard feelings toward the Nationals. He has had [five] good years there.” King said.
Meanwhile Guzman played shortstop Monday against the Marlins. It marked the first time he played the position since having right shoulder surgery this past offseason. Guzman didn’t see much action except getting an assist in the second inning.
Guzman most likely will get more action at the position either Tuesday or Wednesday.