SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Angel Villalona appears headed for a second chance with the San Francisco Giants after being cleared of murder charges in his native Dominican Republic.
Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, says Villalona could be reinstated into the organization’s farm system in the coming weeks. The Giants are in the process of working to resolve a lawsuit brought against them by Villalona seeking back wages and punitive damages.
Villalona had been charged in the September 2009 death of a 25-year-old man at a bar in his Caribbean homeland.
He received a then-club record $2.1 million bonus when the Giants signed him in 2006.
The first baseman played in 74 games for Class-A San Jose in ’09, batting .267 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs.
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