The Mariners have signed Carlos Guillen to a minor league deal. For me it feels like yesterday that Carlos Guillen came in a trade of anonymity that sent Randy Johnson to Houston, and three guys that nobody had heard of the Seattle. Those guys turned out to be Guillen, Freddy Garcia, and John Halama.
Guillen left Seattle in one of the stupidest trades in the history of the Mariners. With rumors swirling about Freddy Garcia’s off-field habits, and his and Guillen’s friendship, the team sent Guillen to Detroit for Ramon Santiago. Santiago would return to Detroit shortly thereafter, and the Mariners would send Garcia to the White Sox for a deal that included Miguel Olivo, Jeremy Reed, and Mike Morse.
Guillen will be 36 years old next year. That’s crazyness. It seems like he was just A-Rod’s replacement.
He’s not very good anymore. He played his first career innings at second base in the last two years in Detroit. He didn’t do much other playing as he played only 96 games in those two years. He’s been a below-average hitter since 2009, and has been injured each of the last three years.
By signing Guillen to a minor league deal the Mariners get to find out of he’s healthy for free. If he’s healthy he’s a good utility player with a good bat. Unless he’s old now. If he’s old he’s probably unemployed come July.