Things have changed.
The Guzman camp was not insulted by the two-year offer, understanding that general manager Jim Bowden took a tremendous hit for giving Guzman a four-year, $16 million deal after the 2004 season. Guzman has been hurt for most of those four years.
However, Guzman is having the best year of his career, hitting .312 with five home runs and 26 RBIs entering Wednesday's action. He is on pace to collect 200 hits and score 100 runs.
Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, a former teammate of Guzman's when both were with the Twins, is not surprised that Guzman is having a great year. Hunter said that all Guzman needed to do was stay healthy.
"You are seeing the real Guzie," Hunter said. "He is a tremendous athlete. His glove is sure over there. He can win a Gold Glove if he stays healthy and stays on the field. The guy is so fast, he beats out anything and he wants to play every day. He doesn't want a day off. I'm a big fan of Guzie's."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less