Ashalnd, OR -

Kansas City Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has offered to help pay for a new football-playing surface at Ashland High School -- his alma mater.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports the former three-sport star and valedictorian raised the idea this past summer in a text message to his former football coach. The proposal was first brought up to the school board during its October meeting.

Replacing one of the state's oldest fields with synthetic grass is projected to cost at least $500,000. It's unknown how much the 34-year-old Guthrie would be willing to contribute.

Athletic director Karl Kemper says it's a tribute to the school district that one its graduates wants to give back.