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Angel Guzman

Could someone explain to me what the Cubs are doing with Angel Guzman?  He once was a top prospect but he's been hurt for the prior two years.  He seems healthy this year and in limited AAA time has shown he may still have it with a K/BB ratio of 47/12 in 41 innings.

You would think that with his past injury problems, the best thing for him would be to pitch.  Instead the Cubs are having him sit in the bullpen and not pitch for over two weeks.  It's not like they need him anyway, they have 7 pitchers in the pen.  Why not send him to Iowa and add another bat (Fontenot?).  The Cubs should see what they have with Guzman.  Can he get his hot prospect status back?  Right now, they don't know and he isn't building arm strength riding the bullpen pines either.

I can only think of three reasons for this:

  1. Hendry and Baker are completely incompetent and don't understand what they are doing.
  2. Hendry and Baker really don't see much future for him and therefore don't care much about what is best for him.  
  3. Guzman is a pawn as Hendry and Baker are battling over him.  Hendry wants him to pitch in the majors but Baker doesn't.  As a result, Baker just lets him sit unless he absolutely needs him.
My take is #3.  To me, it seems the only alternative.  Hendry loves his prospects and wouldn't give up on him.  Thoughts?  Maybe we should start a "Free Angel Guzman" campaign.  I'd like to see what he can do.      

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