Guzman OKs trade from Nats to Rangers
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.