Outfielder, pitcher get multi-year deals


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

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.