|Tigres de Quintana Roo – No. 51|
January 20, 1981 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|August 17, 2004, for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||7|
|Career highlights and awards|
Freddy Antonio Guzmán (born January 20, 1981) is a professional baseball outfielder for the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League. He has played in Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.
He made his major league debut on August 17, 2004, going 1–5 with a walk. He got a hit in his first six games in the majors. He missed all of the 2005 season following Tommy John surgery. Guzman hit his first MLB home run on September 11, 2007, at Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers) off left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada. Guzmán is well known in the minor leagues for his base running. He has had 443 stolen bases over 8 seasons.
He was ranked by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in the Padres organization in 2004. In 2007, he came to spring training to compete with Kenny Lofton, Marlon Byrd, and Jerry Hairston, Jr. for playing time in center field, but Guzmán did not make the opening day roster and played the entire season with Triple-A Oklahoma.
On December 5, 2007, Guzmán was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Chris Shelton. Just before the end of spring training, he was sent outright to the minors. He became a free agent at the end of the season, and signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.
On May 11, 2009, Guzman was released by the Mariners. On May 16, 2009 he was signed by the Boston Red Sox and assigned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. On July 29, 2009, he was released by the Red Sox. On August 7, 2009 Guzman signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles. On August 31, 2009, the Orioles traded him to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later. On September 14, Guzmán was called up to the Yankees. In February 2010, Guzmán signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Guzmán played in the Mexican League during the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons. The Tampa Bay Rays signed Guzman to a minor league contract on August 30, 2013. His contract was purchased by the Rays on September 17. He appeared in one game for Tampa Bay, pinch-running for Matt Joyce in the bottom of the 11th down 3-2. Guzmán stole second, then scored the tying run on David DeJesus's RBI single to tie the game, which they won the next inning 4-3. He was outrighted off the roster on October 30, 2013.
On May 2, 2016, Guzman was released by the Toros de Tijuana.
- Mooney, Roger (September 17, 2013). "Rays notes: Guzman adds speed off the bench". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2013.