November 23, 2006 |
The Angels, convinced Gary Matthews Jr., won't be a one-year wonder, signed the free-agent center fielder to a five-year, $50-million contract Wednesday, a move that doesn't address their need for a power hitter but should improve their defense and allow them to keep one of the game's best pitching staffs intact. Matthews, a 32-year-old switch-hitter, was a career .249 hitter with a .324 on-base percentage and .
March 9, 2007 |
The Angels are bracing for confrontation with Gary Matthews Jr. and the players' union sooner rather than later, preparing for disciplinary action against the center fielder unless he publicly addresses allegations he received a shipment of human growth hormone. Angels owner Arte Moreno has said he wanted the matter resolved by opening day. "I think it's going to come to a head long before then," said a source familiar with the Angels' thinking.
November 7, 2007 |
The baseball season has come and gone since Gary Matthews Jr. was alleged to have ordered a shipment of human growth hormone. Today, the Angels' center fielder is scheduled to discuss that report behind closed doors at baseball's New York headquarters. Paul Byrd, the pitcher formerly with the Angels and currently with the Cleveland Indians, is expected to follow Matthews to the commissioner's office later this month.
November 23, 2007 |
Angels General Manager Tony Reagins came away from a 10-minute phone conversation with Gary Matthews Jr. on Thursday confident that the veteran would accept a demotion from center field to the corner outfield spots to clear room for Torii Hunter. "He's a professional," Reagins said of Matthews. "He's thinking about his new role, and like a lot of people who are caught by surprise, he's still digesting it. But the bottom line is he wants to win. He reacted the way I thought he would react.
February 18, 2008 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- His left knee is still sore, but his feelings aren't hurt. One year after signing a five-year, $50-million contract to play center field for the Angels, Gary Matthews Jr. has been pushed to the corner spots by center fielder Torii Hunter, who signed a five-year, $90-million deal with the Angels in November.
March 7, 2007 |
Even if he has not failed a drug test, Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. could be suspended for up to 80 games for his alleged involvement in the purchase of human growth hormone. In addition to a 50-game penalty for a first positive test, baseball's drug policy mandates a suspension from 60 to 80 games following a first conviction for "possession or use of any prohibited substance." The clause is triggered when a player is convicted or pleads guilty or no contest.