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OnBaseMachine
09-02-2008, 04:23 PM
Washington's Guzman, Cincinnati's Arroyo named Bank of America Presents the National League Co-Players of the Week

Washington Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo have been named Bank of America Presents the National League Co-Players of the Week for the period of August 25-31, 2008. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Last week Guzman led the N.L. with a .552 (16-29) batting average and 16 hits. The 30-year-old posted an .828 slugging percentage and a .552 on-base percentage, scored four runs and collected three doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI. On August 28th vs. the Dodgers, Cristian became the second player in the history of the Washington Nationals to hit for the cycle, turning in a 4-for-5 effort with three RBI and two runs scored. The 2008 N.L. All-Star recorded six multi-hit performances in as many games, helping Washington earn a 6-0 record for the week. This marks Cristian's first career weekly award honor. On the season, Guzman is batting .308 with 67 runs scored, 32 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBI.

Arroyo led the N.L with 16.0 innings pitched en route to his 2-0 record, which included a complete game. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 1.69 ERA, allowing three runs and two walks while fanning eight. On August 26th at Houston, Bronson (13-10, 4.97 ERA) became the first Reds pitcher to throw a complete game this season, permitting one run on five hits with three strikeouts. This marks Arroyo's first career weekly award honor.

Other nominees this past week included Guzman's teammate Ryan Zimmerman (.440, 1 HR, 4 RBI); Arroyo's teammate Edwin Encarnacion (.722 SLG, 2 HR, 8 RBI); Philadelphia's Jayson Werth (.500, 4 HR, 9 RBI), Ryan Howard (.345, 3 HR, 6 RBI), Brett Myers (2-0, 1.29 ERA, 16 SO), Jimmy Rollins (.483, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Chase Utley (.407, 11 H, 6 RBI); Carlos Beltran (.320, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Carlos Delgado (.750 SLG, 4 HR, 9 RBI), Jose Reyes (.429, 3 3B, 3 RBI) and Mike Pelfrey (1-0, 1.72 ERA, 11 SO) of the Mets; Houston's Lance Berkman (.417, 4 2B, 1 HR), Ty Wigginton (.348, 5 HR, 9 RBI) and Jose Valverde (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 8 SO); Jason Marquis (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SO), Aramis Ramirez (.519, 3 HR, 4 RBI), Alfonso Soriano (.344, 3 2B, 1 HR) and Geovany Soto (.429, 1 HR, 8 RBI) of the Cubs; Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy (.444, 2 3B, 2 RBI) and CC Sabathia (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 SO); Andre Ethier (.303, 2 HR, 3 RBI), James Loney (.400, 2 RBI) and Manny Ramirez (.519, 3 HR, 4 RBI) of the Dodgers; Albert Pujols (.474, 1 HR, 2 RBI) of the Cardinals; Atlanta's Brian McCann (.375, 2 HR, 5 RBI); Brandon Moss (.333, 2 HR, 3 RBI) of the Pirates; San Diego's Brian Giles (.545, 1 HR, 6 RBI); Florida's Josh Johnson (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 8 SO); Colorado's Garrett Atkins (.500 SLG, 2 HR, 7 RBI); and San Francisco's Emmanuel Burriss (.444, 1 HR, 2 RBI).

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award both Cristian Guzman and Bronson Arroyo with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of their accomplishments as Bank of America Presents the National League Co-Players of the Week.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20080902&content_id=3406020&vkey=pr_mlbcom&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Strikes Out Looking
09-02-2008, 05:03 PM
Let the "trade Bronson while his stock is high" discussion begin (yet again). I for one, would keep him--he's a durable innings eater--which is a great thing to have with a young staff.

dougdirt
09-02-2008, 05:11 PM
Let the "trade Bronson while his stock is high" discussion begin (yet again). I for one, would keep him--he's a durable innings eater--which is a great thing to have with a young staff.

I am with you. Unless the Reds go out and get another guy capable of throwing 200+ innings next year, trading Arroyo would be pretty stupid.

redsfan30
09-02-2008, 05:36 PM
The time to trade him was winter of 2006. You keep him now.

edabbs44
09-02-2008, 09:48 PM
I am with you. Unless the Reds go out and get another guy capable of throwing 200+ innings next year, trading Arroyo would be pretty stupid.

If they can get a good return for him, why wouldn't you deal him? Getting some decent young talent along with savings of $20MM isn't a bad thing, especially when the team might not be ready for prime time.

fearofpopvol1
09-02-2008, 09:52 PM
I've said this before but will again...

I would deal him for the right piece(s), but the Reds would be foolish to get rid of him because of the contract he has. There needs to be value in return if he is moved.

Spitball
09-02-2008, 11:23 PM
Pitching is hard to develop, trade for, or sign. I'm in favor of keeping what what the Reds have. I wouldn't trade Arroyo for anything short of top pitching prospects and, with his contract, that won't happen. It would be wiser to hold onto him and his ability to eat innings.

Redmachine2003
09-05-2008, 11:25 PM
Bronson's 13 games he is like 10-3 with a 3.something era. Not a bad second half run.

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 11:33 PM
I bet the Phillies are wishing they had acquired Arroyo now after the great second half he's had.