2010 TigsTown Player Capsule: Carlos Guillen

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2010 and what's in store for them in 2011? Head inside to read the 2010 player capsules! Carlos Guillen has emerged as somewhat of an enigma, and he's next up on the evaluation block.

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season

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What It All Means

It was a frustrating year to say the least for Carlos Guillen. Guillen remained a solid, above-average hitter when he was able to get to the plate in 2010, the problem was, he just wasn't there nearly enough. Three different disabled list trips kept him on the shelf for 106 days, while appearing in just 68 games. At his $13 million salary, that works out just under $200,000 per game played. Not a bad living for Guillen, but not a productive use of funds for the Tigers. His defense at his latest new position, second base, wasn't very good, but also wasn't horrible. One interesting and somewhat concerning stat; a player that has consistently been a one walk per ten at-bats sort of guy saw his BB/AB rate drop below .08, a concern because as he ages and his power decreases, his ability to get on base is even more important, and the fact that his ability to do that fell off could mean even more production drop off in the future.

What Does the Future Hold

It's really hard to say – the Tigers have him under contract for $13 million again in 2011, and the Tigers are going to be paying that one way or another – there's not a team in baseball crazy enough to take that contract on right now without the Tigers eating almost all of it. So, the organization has two choices; release him in the spring and move on, as they have with other older players like Gary Sheffield, or try and make use of him sparingly at second base and at DH. The reality is that when he's healthy, he can still be a productive bat, it's just that those days are getting fewer and fewer with each passing year. How he performs in the spring will likely determine whether or not he's suiting up for the Tigers next season.

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