Guillen DFA; trade probably in works
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:43 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 3:10 pm
According to a Twitter post by Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have designated Jose Guillen for assignment, which would indicate they have a trade in the works for the designated hitter/outfielder.
The DFA designation means the Royals have 10 days to trade or release Guillen, and there's no reason for the Royals to release him and eat the salary unless they're that committed to making a place for prospect Kila Ka'aihue to play the rest of the season. Guillen, an impending free agent, is owed more than $7 million for the rest of the season, and the Royals will probably have to send money to cover part of his salary in a trade, so he'll surely clear waivers.
Guillen is batting .255/.314/.429 with 16 homers and 62 RBI, so he could be a nice addition for someone. But it's going to be someone with some money and a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Obvious matches might include the White Sox and Giants, possibly the Rays or Braves. Guillen has bad knees, so it would be a risk for an NL team to count on him to play defense every day.
-- David Andriesen
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