The Houston Astros announced earlier this evening that they acquired 1B/OF Jesus Guzman from the San Diego Padres in exchange for INF Ryan Jackson. The official Astros twitter account was the first to tweet the news.
#Astros officially acquire 1B/OF Jesus Guzman from San Diego in exchange for IF Ryan Jackson. The Astros 40-man roster remains full.
— Houston Astros (@astros) December 18, 2013
Guzman, 29, made his debut with the San Francisco Giants in 2009. Since then, he’s been with the Padres for the last three seasons where he hasn’t seen consistent playing time. Guzman has slashed .259/.324/.418 in 930 plate appearances over four season in the majors. Guzman has seen time at both first base and outfield as well as a few games at both second base and third base.
In exchange for Guzman, the Astros sent Ryan Jackson to the Padres. Jackson, 25, was claimed less than a month ago by the Astros. Jackson was expected to provide quality depth across the infield, a spot that Marwin Gonzalez currently holds for this upcoming season.
Why acquire Guzman? Not sure. Guzman has some power and solid OBP numbers but he just adds to the plethora of first basemen the Astros have in their organization. Is he better than Brett Wallace or Chris Carter? No. Heck, I’m not even sure if he’s better than Japhet Amador. Whatever the case may be, Guzman likely find himself on the outside looking in on the Astros 25-man roster come opening day.
Twitter Reactions On The Trade
Well that was quick. Like Jesus Guzman for #Astros but would prefer Ryan Jackson with current makeup of club.
— Marc Hulet (@marchulet) December 19, 2013