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Jose Guillen Is Into Self-Deprecation

Jul 21, 2009 – 12:13 AM
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Jose GuillenJose Guillen has been an albatross for the Kansas City Royals since the moment he signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the club in December 2007.

He's hit .257 with a .304 on-base percentage in a season and a half with the Royals, and, just for good measure, he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy hours after passing a physical with his new team (a suspension that was later rescinded as part of the agreement that granted players named in the Mitchell Report amnesty).

But, hey, at least Guillen is honest about how bad he's been for Kansas City.
"I hate making excuses," he said. "If I suck, then I suck. And I suck. That's the way I'm playing. If you suck, you suck. You have to take responsibility in this game. Right now, that's the way I feel.

"Yes, I suck."

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"I'm embarrassed by the money that I making," Guillen said, "and playing the way I've been playing. I'll swear that on my kids' [lives]. I feel very embarrassed. "Sometimes, I feel I should take money out of my own pocket and buy tickets for every fan. Because you know what? For a $12 million man, these are not the numbers you should be expecting. I admit it. I'm not playing to my potential."
Well, then.

Guillen's reached a new level of "suck" over the past two months or so, hitting .203 with 15 RBI since May 27. It's worth mentioning that manager Trey Hillman believes a strained groin that has plagued Guillen for much of the season has contributed to his struggles, though the right fielder refused to use that as an excuse.

It's also worth mentioning that the Guillen signing is one of an increasing number of black marks on Dayton Moore's resume as a general manager. (Don't forget a few of his other greatest hits: Mike Jacobs, Yuniesky Betancourt and Miguel Olivo.)

Guillen has a career-adjusted OPS of 99, meaning he's been an essentially average offensive player. Good GMs don't give average corner outfielders in their 30s $12 million a season.

It'd be easy to criticize Guillen, but at least he's refreshingly frank about how he's playing right now. Fans should instead be wondering why someone would give him all of that money in the first place.
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