Royals Finalize Deal With Guillen, Miss Out On Jones

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Apparently there will be no Andruw Jones-Jose Guillen combination in the Royals lineup this season.

While the signing of Guillen to a three-year contract, reported to be worth $36 million, was confirmed by the Royals on Thursday morning after Guillen passed a physical examination in Miami, an MLB.com report earlier Thursday that Jones had reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers ended that possibility.

The deal would give Jones $36 million in a two-year contract -- $9 million for 2008, $15 million for 2009 plus a $12 million signing bonus.

The Royals were believed to be the other club still interested in signing the former Atlanta Braves center fielder.

However, asked Thursday morning if he was disappointed by the report, general manager Dayton Moore replied: "Not really. I never said I was interested."

The signing of Jones to a two-year deal represents a change from agent Scott Boras' initial aim of getting Jones a five-year deal that would rival the $90 million that Torii Hunter received from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Jones' deal also hinged on a physical exam, but evidently he's set with the Dodgers.

"If that's what he's going to do, I wish him well," Moore said.


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