Mets not interested in Nats' Guzman

Mets not interested in Nats' Guzman

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Nationals may be looking to trade shortstop Cristian Guzman, but don't look for the Mets to acquire his services, according to a baseball source. The Mets have issued no statement regarding Guzman.

A report out of New York indicated that the Mets may be looking at Guzman just in case shortstop Jose Reyes is not ready for Opening Day. But the source said the Mets have not talked to Washington and are not monitoring Guzman.

Trying to trade Guzman would most likely be tough for Washington, because he is making $8 million this season. As of now, there have been no takers for the switch-hitting shortstop.

Guzman, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery this past offseason, has played only five games during the exhibition season, and he finds himself competing with Ian Desmond for the starting job at shortstop. Guzman has yet to show the team that he is able to throw the ball hard to first base because he is still building arm strength.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.