Will Cristian Guzman Be Able to Help the Red Sox?

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IAugust 9, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  Cristian Guzman #15  of the Washington Nationals bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 7, 2009 at Dodger Stadiium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Washington Nationals placed their overpriced shortstop, Cristian Guzman, on waivers.

Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox put in a waiver claim for the infielder.

This season with the Nationals, Guzman has a .315 average in 92 games. He has five home runs and 39 RBI. I'm a fan of Guzman's, but his price tag scares a lot of teams off at $16 million for the next two years

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Guzman's stats most closely resemble Fernando Vina's, which is not something to be really proud of. Despite that, Guzman has been a solid contributor in his last 3 seasons.

In the past three seasons, Guzman has hit .328, .316, and .315 this season.

With the Red Sox's bats struggling mightily, Guzman might be the spark to re-ignite their offense.

However, as a Nats fan and frequent viewer of their games, Guzman's one weakness is his defense.

So far this season, Guzman has made 13 errors and has a .967 fielding percentage, his lowest since 2000 with the Minnesota Twins.

His defense has been so bad, the Nats put Guzman as the DH in two interleague games.

However, most people will compare Guzman to former Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo. In his tenure with Boston, Lugo was saddled with a meager .256 average, 11 home runs and 108 RBI's. Lugo's defense was atrocious at times as any Bostonian can inform you.

His .928 fielding percentage was one of the worst in the majors. He made seven errors in 32 games in Boston, and his fielding percentage got worse as the years passed in Boston.

This season, the Sox have had to rely on Nick Green and Jed Lowrie, who have done admirable jobs platooning at the position. But admirable won't get you to a World Series; and if that's the Red Sox's goal in 2009, they

Nick Green and Jed Lowrie have done admirable jobs platooning at shortstop this season, but if the Red Sox acquire Guzman, he would solidify the position through 2010, and improve their chances of bringing a World Series title back to Boston.