- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Texas Rangers finalized minor league contracts Tuesday with outfielder Andruw Jones and reliever Brendan Donnelly.

An All-Star with the Anaheim Angels in 2003, Donnelly was one of 80-plus players named in the Mitchell Report on steroids in baseball in December 2007. The report said the right-hander purchased steroids in 2004 from Kirk Radomski, a former New York Mets clubhouse attendant who has admitted selling performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of major leaguers. Donnelly denied the allegations.

His deal with Texas was announced one day after Alex Rodriguez admitted using banned substances while playing for the Rangers from 2001 to 2003.

The 37-year-old Donnelly made 15 relief appearances for Cleveland last year after having elbow ligament replacement surgery while with Boston in 2007.

The deal with Jones was disclosed Sunday. He was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers last month, halfway through a two-year, $36.2 million contract.

PADRES: San Diego traded minor league pitcher Matt Bush to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named or cash.

Bush, the No. 1 pick in the 2004 amateur draft, was designated for assignment Thursday, ostensibly to make room on the 40-man roster for slugger Cliff Floyd. However, hours after Floyd’s signing was announced, the Padres acknowledged they were looking into another off-field incident involving Bush.

Police in suburban El Cajon, Calif., later confirmed that the 23-year-old Bush was being investigated for supposedly assaulting members of a high school lacrosse team.

RAYS: All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro lost to Tampa Bay in salary arbitration and will receive the team’s $2.1 million offer rather than his $2.5 million request.

Navarro was eligible for arbitration for the first time after hitting a team-high .295 with seven homers and 54 RBI last year, when he was selected to his first All-Star Game. He made $432,500.

Tampa Bay reached the World Series for the first time, losing to Philadelphia. Navarro batted .353 (6-for-17) with no RBI in the five-game loss to the Phillies.

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