Guz­man OKs trade from Nats to Rangers

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

WASHINGTON — In­fielder Cris­tian Guz­man is head­ing to the first-place Rangers from the last-place Na­tion­als in a deal that sends two mi­nor league pitch­ers to Washington.

The Rangers have been busy ahead of to­day’s dead­line for non-waiver trades, also adding ace Cliff Lee from Seat­tle, third base­man Jorge Cantu from Florida and catcher Bengie Molina from San Fran­cisco. The Guz­man deal comes a day af­ter Rangers All-Star sec­ond base­man Ian Kinsler went on the 15-day dis­abled list with a strained left groin.

Guz­man needed to OK the move be­cause play­ers with at least 10 years of ma­jor league ser­vice, in­clud­ing five con­sec­u­tive years with their cur­rent club, can­not be traded with­out their con­sent.

The 32-year-old Guz­man is hit­ting .282 with two homers and 25 RBIs in 2010.

The Rangers added Cantu and sent first base­man Chris Davis back to Triple-A Ok­la­homa City.

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