Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons Suspended

December 7, 2007

Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons are suspended
for violating the baseball’s drug policy. They received human growth hormone after it was banned from baseball after January 2005 and won’t be able to play the first 15 days of next season.

Kansas City still signed Jose Guillen on a $36 million 3 year contract.

“We signed Jose knowing that was a possibility,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said of the free-agent outfielder. “While my initial reaction is one of disappointment, I am thoroughly convinced that Jose will put this behind him and we collectively support him as he begins a new chapter in his baseball life.”

Jay Gibbons apologized:

“I am deeply sorry for the mistakes that I have made. I have no excuses and bare sole responsibility for my decisions,” the Baltimore outfielder said. “Years ago, I relied on the advice of a doctor, filled a prescription, charged the HGH, which is a medication, to my credit card and had only intended to help speed my recovery from my injuries and surgeries.”

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