Power-hitting outfielder Jose Guillen and the Kansas City Royals reached an agreement yesterday on a $36 million, three-year contract.
The 31-year-outfielder batted .290 with 23 homers and 99 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners this year. Seattle declined its $9 million option and Guillen turned down a $5 million player option, receiving a $500,000 buyout.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported last month that Guillen bought nearly $20,000 worth of steroids and human growth hormone from 2003 to '05. Major League Baseball began testing for steroids in 2003, and penalties for first offenses began in 2005. HGH was banned in January 2005.
When he returns from a hunting trip, NL Cy Young winner Jake Peavy will bag the biggest contract in San Diego history.
Once the deal is finalized, the righthander will be guaranteed $52 million from a three-year extension that will run from 2010 to '12. If the team exercises a $22 million option for 2013, the deal will be worth $70 million.
Including 2008-09, for which the 26-year-old Peavy already is under contract, he could make $87.5 million during the next six seasons.
The guaranteed money in Peavy's extension will average $17.3 million a season. By comparison, Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs averages $18.3 million and Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants averages $18 million.
When finalized, Peavy's pact will surpass the biggest total deal in franchise history, the $34 million, four-year contract that slugger Phil Nevin agreed to in November 2001.
Barry Bonds' first date with a San Francisco federal judge will occur Friday, when he is expected to plead not guilty to perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges, but the career home run leader still has yet to assemble his full legal team.
A grand jury indicted Bonds Nov. 15 on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice involving his alleged steroids use. The former San Francisco outfielder likely faces a maximum of two years in prison if convicted.
The Detroit Tigers acquired Denny Bautista from the Colorado Rockies in a swap of righthanded pitchers.
The Rockies received Jose Capellan, once considered a top prospect with the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves acquired reliever Will Ohman and infielder Omar Infante from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Jose Ascanio.
To make room on its 40-man roster, Atlanta designated outfielder Willie Harris for assignment.