Rumor: Guillen to D.C. teamAccording to MLB, the Angels are looking to move Jose Guillen, and the implication is that our team is the most likely target. You may remember that the Angels suspended Guillen for the last couple of weeks of the season, and then left him off the postseason roster, all for throwing a hissy fit when he got lifted for a pinch runner.
I thought at the time this was truly bizarre behavior by the Angels, even if Guillen had been an ongoing clubhouse cancer, since he was a significant part of the Angels offense, batting a respectable .294 with a .352 OBP and slugging .497, with 27 home runs.
Guillen has one year and $3.5M on his contract. There's no indication on what we would trade, so this one doesn't feel very real yet. Nonetheless, I think he'd be a good pickup, and offense is clearly a big need. I think there would be a lot of people worried that he might continue to be a cancer, but I'd personally take that chance, particularly since it seems that he has a good relationship with Bowden, from when Bowden picked him up for the Reds. Plus, he's only got one year left on his contract, so if it's not a good fit, we won't be saddled with him long term, unless we give him an extension on acquiring him. Combine the possible personality issues with the fact that we don't have real owners yet, and I would speculate that, even if we get him, an immediate extension is unlikely.