Giants and Ronald Guzmán agree for minor leagues
The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent first baseman Ronald Guzmán, as first stated in the transaction log at MiLB.com. Guzmán, 28, was considered one of the top prospects in the Texas Rangers organization before making his major league debut in 2018, but he hasn’t produced much yet, slashing .225/.302/.411 with a 29.2% strikeout rate against an 8.8% walk rate in 832 trips to the plate.
He spent the 2022 season with the Yankees organization, playing primarily with its Triple-A affiliate, where he slashed .255/.344/.478 (116 wRC+) in 105 games and 373 plate appearances. Guzmán received a brief look at the end of the 2022 season as the Yanks dealt with injuries, but he recorded just six plate appearances in three games and went hitless along the way:
The depth chart in San Francisco has several players ahead of Guzman at first base, including left-hander LaMonte Wade Jr. and JD Davis, who could share time at the position early in the 2023 season.
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Veteran utility Wilmer Flores is no stranger to the position either, having logged 1,627 innings at first base, including 482 innings over the past two seasons. They are likely to be the top choices in the position. Austin Slater might also be more of an emergency option, given his 203 career innings at first base, but he’s played exclusively in the outfield since the 2020 season.
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