- Associated Press - Friday, August 13, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants found a new regular right fielder for the stretch run: well-traveled veteran Jose Guillen.

The Giants acquired Guillen on Friday and also receive cash considerations from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a player to be named.

“We didn’t acquire him to be on the bench,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who plans to use Guillen somewhere in the middle of the batting order.

The Giants haven’t been to the playoffs since 2003 and were in the NL wild-card chase until mid-September last season. Getting over the hump in 2010 and ending the six-year drought is the franchise’s top priority.

San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean has been busy upgrading his roster in recent weeks.

“Anybody who knows Sabes knows he wants to win and will do what it takes to get us where we need to get,” second baseman Freddy Sanchez said. “Winning the division is the No. 1 goal and getting to the playoffs. He keeps going out and putting pieces together.”

The Royals announced the deal hours before the Giants hosted the first-place Padres in an NL West showdown at AT&T Park. San Diego held a 2 1/2-game division lead heading into the weekend series. The Giants, who will be Guillen’s 10th major league team in 14 seasons, said the slugger was set to get into town late Friday and would miss the series opener.

Guillen is expected to be in uniform Saturday, when the club will be forced to make a corresponding roster move.

The Royals designated Guillen for assignment last Thursday, giving them 10 days to trade him, release him or send him to the minors if he cleared waivers.

Sabean has acknowledged he believes the Giants are a playoff team, but that keeping pace with the Padres will be tough.

Guillen has had his share of issues along the way, but San Francisco seems unconcerned about his reputation of disrupting clubhouses.

“We’re convinced he’s ready to play baseball, coming to a winning situation, which Kansas City wasn’t,” Sabean said. “We’ve got a great clubhouse. The players run our clubhouse. I don’t see any kind of problem.”

Guillen was suspended by the Angels for the last two weeks of the 2004 regular season and postseason for inappropriate conduct after expressing his displeasure with manager Mike Scioscia. After the year, Guillen was traded to the Washington Nationals.

In July 2008, Guillen got into a heated clubhouse exchange with Royals pitching coach Bob McClure, knocking over chairs before several players separated them before a game at Tampa Bay. Guillen also unleashed a profanity-filled tirade against his teammates that May.

Bochy spoke with several of Guillen’s former managers or coaches and received good reports. Bochy also talked to Guillen himself.

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