Carlos Guillen will be everyday LF in 2010

It looked like a big rift between Carlos Guillen and manager Jim Leyland was developing, as Guillen publicly complained about his lack of playing time this year. He also complained about not having a set position. Guillen played first base, third base, shortstop, left field and DH this year in 81 games. He was limited due to a shoulder injury and batted .242 with 11 homers and 41 RBIs. Guillen expressed his concern about not being an everyday player, but it looks like Leyland has already solved this problem early by announcing Guillen will be the starting LF for the 2010 season.
I think Leyland should probably be out of a job after blowing a 7 game lead in the AL Central with two weeks to play, but this was a good move by the veteran manager. You never want any controversy going into spring training and its better to handle the situation right away, rather than let Guillen wonder the whole offseason and possibly vent more frustration through the media. If Guillen can’t handle the position or struggles, then Leyland can always make a change early in the season.

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