Outfielder, pitcher get multi-year deals

Originally Published: December 11, 2003
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Seattle Mariners: Seattle agreed to multiyear contracts Thursday with two key contributors from last season, switch-hitting outfielder Randy Winn and right-hander Ryan Franklin.

Winn received a deal that guarantees him $11 million over three years. Franklin got a $4.3 million, two-year contract.

Winn joined the Mariners as compensation when former manager Lou Piniella left with a year on his contract to take over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Winn hit .295 last season with 11 homers and 75 RBI.

Winn performed well at the plate down the stretch, hitting .330 in the second half -- .350 in September -- and ending the season on a 12-game hitting streak. Winn earned a base salary of $3.3 million last season.

Winn's contract calls for a $3.5 million salary next year and $3.75 million in 2005. The Mariners have a $5 million option for 2006, but if the team declines the option it becomes a player option at $3.75 million. He can earn an additional $125,000 in both 2005 and 2006 if he has 650 plate appearances.

After the Mariners decided last weekend not to offer salary arbitration to free agent center fielder Mike Cameron, general manager Bill Bavasi said the team hoped to work a new deal for Winn, who played in left last season.

Melvin has said he plans to move Winn to center field while putting free agent acquisition Raul Ibanez in left. Ichiro Suzuki will remain in right.

Franklin, who earned $425,000 last season, gets a $200,000 signing bonus, $1.7 million next year and $2.4 million in 2005.

He went 11-13 with a 3.57 ERA, which ranked ninth in the AL. He had career highs in wins, innings pitched (212.0), starts (32), complete games (two) and strikeouts (99). Franklin, who turns 31, in March, didn't miss a scheduled start all season.

Kansas City Royals: Catcher Benito Santiago finalized his $4.3 million, two-year contract with the team Thursday.

Santiago's deal calls for yearly salaries of $2.15 million. He can earn an additional $150,000 in bonuses each year based on games and $300,000 more based on plate appearances. He spent the last three seasons with the Giants.

Santiago, who originally signed with San Diego as a non-drafted free agent in 1982, has a .263 career average, with 1,776 hits, 312 doubles, 211 home runs and 897 RBI.

His signing came days after the Royals agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with reliever Scott Sullivan and a $1 million, one-year deal with outfielder Matt Stairs.

Santiago, 38, is the major leagues' most experienced active catcher, playing in 1,923 career games, including 1,862 behind the plate, which ranks seventh in major league history. He needs to play in 89 games to move past Royals manager Tony Pena into fourth place.

Earlier, the Royals re-signed four players who were instrumental in their surprising 2003 season, when they contended until the final week: third baseman Joe Randa, starter Brian Anderson and relievers Jason Grimsley and Curtis Leskanic.

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