Guzman to sit out first half of 2011 season
Free agent infielder Cristian Guzman is planning to sit out the first half of the 2011 season because of family issues, according to his agent, Stanley King, who would not say what those issues were.
King also said if the issues are not resolved in a timely manner, Guzman will not play at all this season. Guzman will attempt to make a comeback next year.
King insisted that two National League teams made offers to Guzman during Spring Training, but Guzman decided a couple of days ago not to play. King declined to name the two teams.
“Hopefully, Cristian will have the family issues sorted out in the next couple of months,” King said via phone.
Last season, Guzman played with the Nationals and Rangers and hit a combined .266 with two home runs and 26 RBIs. On July 31st, the Nationals traded Guzman and cash to the Rangers for pitchers Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark.
Guzman, 32, played 11 seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the Twins and Nationals. He is a .271 career hitter with 62 home runs and 467 RBIs.