Cristian Guzman signed

CLEVELAND, OH  –  The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent INF CRISTIAN GUZMAN to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.

                Guzman, who will turn 34 on March 21, has compiled a .271 (1459-5382) batting average with 238 doubles, 62 home runs, 467 RBI and 125 stolen bases in 1406 games over his 12-year Major League career for the Minnesota Twins (1999-2004), Washington Nationals (2005-2010) and Texas Rangers (2010). His 89 career triples currently rank 5th among active players. A two-time All-Star (2001 & 2008), Guzman was part of a Twins infield that helped claim 3 consecutive A.L. Central Division titles from 2002-04 and has played in 18 career postseason games, all with Minnesota. Prior to seeing action at second base (72 games) and right field (8 games) in 2010, his most recent professional season, Guzman had appeared exclusively at shortstop at the Major League level, compiling a .971 (172 E/5903 TC) fielding pct. as an infielder.

Year

Team

AVG

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

CS

OBP

SLG

OPS

1999

Minnesota Twins

.226

131

420

47

95

12

3

1

26

22

90

9

7

.267

.276

.543

2000

Minnesota Twins

.247

156

631

89

156

25

20

8

54

46

101

28

10

.299

.388

.687

2001

Minnesota Twins

.302

118

493

80

149

28

14

10

51

21

78

25

8

.337

.477

.814

2002

Minnesota Twins

.273

148

623

80

170

31

6

9

59

17

79

12

13

.292

.385

.677

2003

Minnesota Twins

.268

143

534

78

143

15

14

3

53

30

79

18

9

.311

.365

.676

2004

Minnesota Twins

.274

145

576

84

158

31

4

8

46

30

64

10

5

.309

.384

.693

2005

Washington Nationals

.219

142

456

39

100

19

6

4

31

25

76

7

4

.260

.314

.574

2006

Injured

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2007

Washington Nationals

.328

46

174

31

57

6

6

2

14

15

21

2

0

.380

.466

.846

2008

Washington Nationals

.316

138

579

77

183

35

5

9

55

23

57

6

5

.345

.440

.785

2009

Washington Nationals

.284

135

531

74

151

24

7

6

52

16

75

4

5

.306

.390

.696

2010

Washington Nationals

.282

89

319

44

90

11

4

2

25

17

53

4

2

.327

.361

.688

 

Texas Rangers

.152

15

46

4

7

1

0

0

1

3

10

0

0

.204

.174

.378

 

Major League Totals

.271

1406

5382

727

1459

238

89

62

467

265

783

125

68

.307

.383

.690