Jose Canseco, former Phillie Lenny Dykstra, Glenallen Hill and Geronimo Berroa were accused of using steroids by former major-league pitcher Jason Grimsley in a federal agent's affidavit that was unsealed yesterday.
Grimsley also accused Chuck Knoblauch of using human growth hormone; David Segui and Allen Watson of using performance-enhancing drugs; and Rafael Palmeiro and Pete Incaviglia of taking amphetamines, according to a sworn statement by IRS special agent Jeff Novitzky.
All but Incaviglia, Berroa and Watson were mentioned last week in former Sen. George Mitchell's report on doping in baseball. Grimsley and Incaviglia are former Phillies.
Federal prosecutors in Phoenix unsealed the May 2006 affidavit Novitzky used to obtain a search warrant for Grimsley's home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
None of the 86 players mentioned in the Mitchell Report are expected to speak at a Jan. 15 hearing on steroids before the House Government Reform Committee, USA Today reported.
Dontrelle Willis agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract with Detroit, two weeks after he was acquired from the Florida Marlins in the biggest trade of the off-season.
Willis and third baseman Miguel Cabrera were obtained from the Marlins for six prospects, including outfielder Cameron Maybin and lefthander Andrew Miller.
Outfielder Gabe Kapler, 32, and Milwaukee agreed on a one-year, $800,000 deal. Kapler spent last season as the manager of the Greenville Drive, the single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Righthander Carlos Silva and Seattle finalized a four-year, $48 million contract. The 28-year-old former Phillie was 13-14 with a 4.19 ERA for Minnesota in 2007.
Lefthanded reliever Ron Mahay, 36, and Kansas City finalized a two-year, $8 million contract. Mahay was 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA last season with Texas and Atlanta.
Dog eats Series ball.
The ball that Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon used to strike out the Colorado Rockies' Seth Smith for the final out of the 2007 World Series has gone to the dogs.
Papelbon's pet named Boss ate most of the baseball at the pitcher's home in Hattiesburg, Miss.
"My dog ate it," Papelbon told the Hattiesburg American. ". . . He jumped up one day on the counter and snatched it. He likes rawhide. He tore that thing to pieces."
World Baseball Classic.
Cuba plans to play in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, according to Jose Ramon Fernandez, the country's top sports official.
In 2006, Cuba reached the championship game of the initial Classic, losing to Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ichiro Suzuki and Japan, 10-6, in San Diego.