SF Giants Rumors: Villalona To Report To Camp, Mota Deal Finalized

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News says Angel Villalona‘s work visa has been approved by the U.S. Immigration Service. Villalona is expected to report to Scottsdale Stadium on February 23, when position players report to camp.
Villalona has been away from the game for a while since the 2009 murder charge. It’s not clear as to what kind of player he will be when he’s back in uniform. It’s very likely that he will start back in single-A, and have to work his way through the minor league system.

Villalona hit .267 with 9 homers and 42 RBI in 47 games for the San Jose Giants in 2009. Villalona’s future with the Giants isn’t clear, but he’s far to good of a talent to give up on. If the Giants don’t see Villalona in their future plans, he’s a nice trade chip to keep in their back pocket.

Bullpen Arm

According to the Associated Press, the San Francisco Giants and reliever Guillermo Mota have finalized a one-year ($1 million) deal. Both sides had already agreed to terms in December. Mota was used primarily as a long-relief guy, and did an outstanding job. Mota went 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 52 outings (80 1/3 innings).

What’s your thoughts on Villalona attending Spring Training, and Mota’s deal now being finalized?

~King of Cali (Steven)

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  • Anthony says:

    I guess if you can play baseball character doesn’t matter

  • Lunchbox says:

    Pretty much the reason for putting Villalona on the 40-man roster was to prevent him from being claimed by another team. If he can show that he can pick up where he left off that’d be great. However if Belt shows he can be a staple for the Giants in the majors, that’ll cause a clog at first base along with the possibility of putting Posey there (if management decides to move him from catcher).

    We shall see if Villalona or Belt become trade bait, if they both show they can be major leaguers.

  • steve says:

    As long as I am not his room mate…