Right-hander Jason Standridge, who Beerleaguers read about earlier, and outfielder Freddy Guzman, who Beerleaguers have not, will represent the D.R. in the Caribbean Series, beginning today.
If MLB.com’s roster information is correct, than the Phillies have signed outfielder Freddy Guzman, 29, who saw action last season as a member of the New York Yankees. A veteran of eight minor league seasons and parts of four big league seasons with San Diego, Texas and New York, the outfielder is known for his blazing speed, swiping 443 bags over an eight-year minor league career. Guzman, who was outrighted to the minors in November and elected free agency, was a late-season call-up for Joe Girardi’s club, appearing in 10 games and going 1-for-7. Before that, he spent the early season with four –count ‘em—four Triple-A teams: Norfolk (Bal.), Tacoma (Sea.), Pawtucket (Bos.) and Scranton/WB (NYY). He’s a career .211/.255/.274 hitter in 102 plate appearances at the big-league level dating back to 2004 and a .270/.344/.360 hitter over eight minor league seasons. Scouting reports say the versatile outfielder possesses plus-plus speed (obviously), a great ability to bunt, plus range, but a below-average arm. (Hat tip to Kevin at Macho Row for spotting the addition).
Note: Nothing has been officially announced, other than MLB.com listing the Phillies as Guzman’s parent club. [Link]