Jose Guillen Busted For Steroids
Say it ain't so, Jose. Free agent right fielder Jose Guillen just saw his stock plummet, as the Game of Shadows guys nailed him for prolonged HGH and steroid use. Well, at least for purchasing almost $20K worth of various performance-enhancers from May 2002 to June 2005. He actually had steroids shipped to him at the Oakland Coliseum. Matt Williams and Ismael Valdez were also implicated, sadly. All three used the same dentist Paul Byrd did, calling his story into question a bit.
Guillen spoke out against steroid use earlier this year, saying he "never considered" using them. He might be back to where he was a year ago, finding an incentive-laden contract guaranteeing around $5MM. So much for three years, $30MM guaranteed. Guillen was already known as a mercurial character, and this just compounds the concerns.
I am sorry for him. This will definitely also hurt Paul Byrd's credibility.