That's my interpretation of the Jim Riggleman's comment today that Cristian Guzman will be the team's second baseman in 2010.
(Of course, this was a Bill Ladson report, so there's always a chance that the old Hamburgler just made it up.)
Barring a trade, which is all but impossible with Guzman's $8 million contract, Guzman was always going to be in the starting lineup somewhere in 2010. Guzman isn't really in decline, but Rizzo wants to upgrade the infield defense, and typically moving a guy from short to second is worth about four runs or half a win over the course of a season.
Going into the off-season, I thought their best course of action would be to shop for the best shortstop or second baseman that they could find, and then stick Guzman wherever's left. Given that the second base market is a good bit stronger than shortstop, I hoped they'd keep their minds open a bit. Mark DeRosa is a far better player than any free agent shortstop out there.
And Dan Uggla, who is being shopped by the Fish, plays bad defense, but his bat makes up for plenty, especially compared to a guy like Adam Everett. If the Marlins wanted to salary-dump Uggla for another C-minus prospect, I'd do that.
(Sorry all you Marco Scutaro fans, but I'm assuming the Nationals won't be giving up any draft picks to sign a type A free agent this off-season, and I hope I'm right.)
But it appears that if Guzman is locked into second. Ian Desmond will get some looks at short and will probably be starting by loss #80 or so. But I see really no chance that Rizzo goes into spring training with Desmond as plan A at the position.
So it looks like we'll be shopping from a list of glove-first shortstops including the aforementioned Everett, Alex Gonzalez, Omar Vizquel, or Jack Wilson (if Seattle declines his $8.4 million option). My money's on Everett.