(AP Photo. Blame it on the bunions!)
"Cristian has something to prove this year because of all the rumblings and grumblings about the way he plays defense. Nobody has even asked if the ailments or foot issues contributed to his lack of range. It was a question that was missed. I think he will show that he can help the team defensively. He is not a defensive liability."
(Stanley King - Cristian Guzman's agent, via Nationals.com, 1/13/2010)
According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, the Nationals may be leaning towards Cristian Guzman as the team's starting shortstop going into 2010, in the event that they're able to make a deal for a second baseman:
If the Nationals are able to sign Orlando Hudson or Adam Kennedy to play second base, Cristian Guzman most likely will remain at shortstop.
Of course, the working assumption -- make that, hope -- around NatsTown has been that Ian Desmond would be given every opportunity to win the starting job at short, and Guzman would play second in the absence of a 2B acquisition in the offseason, or spend his final days in Washington as a backup for Desmond and the real, live second baseman. Not so, reports Mr. Ladson. What changed?
But fear not, Desmondites: there is hope. Stanley King, Guzman's agent, offered up the following in the Ladson story:
"Cristian has expressed that he is willing to help in any way the Nationals see fit..."
Does that include retiring before the start of the season?