Giants acquire OF Guillen from Royals (AP)

Aug 13th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—The San Francisco Giants made another move for the stretch
run Friday, acquiring veteran outfielder Jose Guillen(notes) from the Kansas City
in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

The Giants haven’t been to the playoffs since 2003 and were in the NL
wild-card chase until mid-September last season. Getting over the hump in 2010
to end the six-year drought is the franchise’s top priority.

The Royals announced the deal hours before the Giants hosted the first-place
Padres in an NL West showdown at AT&T Park. San Diego held a 2 1/2 -game division
lead heading into the weekend series. The Giants, who will be Guillen’s 10th
major league team in 14 seasons, said Guillen was set to get into town late
Friday and would miss the series opener.

Guillen is expected to be in uniform Saturday, when the club will be forced
to make a corresponding roster move.

The Royals designated Guillen for assignment last Thursday, giving them 10
days to trade him, release him or send him to the minors if he cleared waivers.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean has been busy in recent weeks. He has
acknowledged he believes the Giants are a playoff team, but that keeping pace
with the Padres will be tough.

On Wednesday, San Francisco traded for utility infielder Mike Fontenot(notes), who
was already in the ballpark with the Chicago Cubs before switching teams.

Sabean found the lefty reliever the Giants needed when he acquired Javier
from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the July 31 trade deadline. San Francisco
also acquired righty reliever Ramon Ramirez(notes) from the Boston Red Sox at the
deadline. That’s after the Giants got resurgent slugger Pat Burrell(notes) in June
following his poor start with Tampa Bay. Burrell is thrilled with the fresh
start and has jump-started the offense of late.

The 34-year-old Guillen signed a $36 million, three-year contract three
years ago that made him the Royals’ highest-paid player per year in team
history. He spent the 2003 season in the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics.

Just a month ago, Guillen put together a hitting streak that stretched to
more than 20 games. He is batting .255 and led the Royals with 16 home runs and
62 RBIs when he was designated for assignment last Thursday. The move allowed
Kansas City to play highly touted prospect Kila Ka’aihue(notes) every day, and Guillen
also didn’t like being a reserve.

Guillen struggled with injuries in Kansas City. He played in only 81 games
last year and hit nine home runs, tied for his fewest since 2002. He was out for
weeks after a knee injury sustained while he was putting on a shin guard and
missed several days of spring training in 2009 after deciding to rip out an
ingrown toenail with a pair of pliers.

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