News: 3 days agoGuzman (not injury related) is participating in workouts at the Rangers' facility Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Spin: The 25-year-old arrived at the facility over the weekend but had yet to gain clearance to begin working out, though apparently he's since completed the COVID-19 intake process. Guzman and Greg Bird are expected to compete for the starting job at first base, though Todd Frazier and Nick Solak have also been taking some reps at the position.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Guzman had a chance to seize the first base job in Texas last season but hit the injured list with a hamstring strain early in the campaign, struggled to get going following his return and was eventually optioned to Triple-A for more than a month. He returned in September and hit .305, but 22 strikeouts in 68 plate appearances during that span should temper enthusiasm. His overall numbers without the platoon edge were ugly (.536 OPS), and while Guzman is still relatively young at 25, it does not seem the Rangers are optimistic about Guzman finding another level to his game. They brought in Todd Frazier on a one-year deal, and Frazier projects to see a good amount of time at first base, with Nick Solak playing some at third. With that, Guzman loses whatever appeal he had outside of AL-only leagues.