KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Newcomer Jesus Guzman showed up at Astros camp for the first time Tuesday with a realistic chance to compete for a starting spot at first base this season. The 29-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Padres in December.
"I feel so great," Guzman said. "I feel excited to start working with a new team and new teammates. I'm ready to help this team where I can."
Guzman spent the previous three seasons with the Padres and hit .226 last year with nine homers and 35 RBIs while playing a career-high 126 games. He's competing with Brett Wallace, Jonathan Singleton and Marc Krauss at first base, but he can also play outfield.
"I want to be ready -- whatever position they want me to play, outfield or first," Guzman said. "Whatever they want, I'm here to work hard and try to be in the lineup."
Manager Bo Porter said he'll use the designated hitter during Grapefruit League play to make sure all of the players competing for first base get the appropriate number of at-bats.