The Tigers want to sign Carlos Guillen to a contract extension, and he wants to stay. On Wednesday, though, assistant general manager Al Avila said there was no progress to report on a new contract for the starting shortstop.
Avila met with Guillen and his wife during a recent trip to Venezuela, and spoke with him again this week.
"There's a desire in the organization for Carlos to stay," Avila said as the team's caravan stopped at Oakland University. "I've talked to Carlos. He's got a desire to stay. His wife expressed a desire to stay. It's a matter of agreeing to something that both parties are comfortable with."
Guillen, the 2006 Tiger of the Year, looks fit and trim entering his final season before free agency -- an encouraging development because a lighter frame should lessen the burden on his injury-prone legs and back. Guillen also intends to report early to spring training.
Guillen attended Tuesday night's Detroit Sports Fans Choice Awards, where he received the Most Valuable Player Award. Guillen seemed genuinely honored, and gave a heartfelt acceptance speech in which he thanked his teammates and said the Tigers would "take the next step" in 2007.
For now, Guillen said he would leave the trophy in Detroit rather than ship it home to Venezuela.
"It's too heavy," he said.
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Good to see both sidesare atleast talking. Also good to hear that Guillen is a little bit more fit and will report early!