Guzman came to the Washington Nationls in 2005 as a free agent after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Minnesota Twins. However, he would not become the shortstop for Washington until 2010. In 89 games that season, he hit .282 with two home runs and 25 RBI’s.
Even though he only played a half season in Washington, Guzman was still a productive player. In 2009, he had a great season for the Nats as his .316 average was fourth in the National League. While Guzman only had 22 RBI’s in the first half of the 2010 season, he was seventh on the team in RBI’s. This goes to show you how bad the Nationals were at scoring runs that season (Adam Dunn led all players with 59 RBI’s before the All-Star break).
The 2008 All-Star also receives a honorable mention on this list because he was a part of the trade that gave the Nationals a very good young pitcher that is still on the team today. At the trade deadline in 2010,Guzman was dealt to the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitchers Ryan Tatsuko and last year’s 15-game winner, Tanner Roark.
Guzman split time at second base that season with Adam Kennedy, who ended up playing 34 games at that position. In the end, Guzman’s best seasons in Washington came before he made the position change to second base. That being said, he was still a solid player for the Nats franchise and I am sure he will find a way to be heavily considered for the best shortstop in team history along with the current shortstop, Ian Desmond. That being said, he falls a little bit short of the best second base position.
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