SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants made another move for the stretch run Friday, acquiring veteran OF Jose Guillen from the Royals in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.
The Giants haven't been to the playoffs since 2003 and getting there in 2010 is the top priority.
The Royals announced the deal hours before the Giants hosted the first-place Padres in an NL West showdown. The Giants, who will be Guillen's 10th major-league team in 14 seasons (two seasons with the Rays, 2000-01), said Guillen, 34, is expected to be in uniform today.
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.
In June, the Giants got resurgent slugger Pat Burrell after his poor start with Tampa Bay.
Braves' Jones not calling it quits yet
ATLANTA — Braves 3B Chipper Jones said he will report to spring training next year as he attempts a comeback from major knee surgery.
Jones, 38, who tore his left ACL fielding a grounder Tuesday, will miss the rest of the season after today's surgery. He had contemplated retirement earlier this year. He said now is not the right time to "make a decision to quit."
Jones said he will be able to walk away if he finds in spring training he cannot play at an acceptable level. "Yeah, and I'll know pretty quick," he said.
Dodgers: Manager Joe Torre removed Jonathan Broxton from the closer's role, saying it will be shared by Hong-Chih Kuo, Octavio Dotel and Kenley Jensen. Broxton did not record an out while giving up four runs in a 10-9 loss to the Phillies on Thursday.
Mets: Closer Francisco Rodriguez will rejoin the team today after his two-day, team-imposed suspension after he was arrested and charged with third-degree assault on his girlfriend's father. … Mike Hessman lost a homer Friday after a video review. Phillies LF Raul Ibanez argued that the fifth-inning drive was touched by a fan reaching over the railing at Citi Field. Three umpires looked at the replay, huddled, then put Hessman on third with his first major-league triple. He ended up stranded.
Rangers: A day after MLB formally approved the sale to Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg, the team announced lower prices for concessions, parking and merchandise and put them into effect Friday.
Reds: RHP Johnny Cueto will not appeal his seven-game suspension for his role in a brawl with the Cardinals, though 2B Brandon Phillips plans to appeal his fine.
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia, on the DL since June 26 (broken left foot), will play at Triple-A Pawtucket tonight and Sunday. He will be evaluated Monday and could be activated Tuesday.
Twins: 1B Justin Morneau still experiences concussion symptoms while running so there is no timetable for his return. … Left-handed reliever Jose Mijares will miss four weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Yankees: LHP Andy Pettitte (strained left groin) could push off at only 75 percent during his simulated game in Tampa and will not make a minor-league rehab start Monday or Tuesday until there is further evaluation.