Valentin to play third in L.A.

Originally Published: December 17, 2004
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Los Angeles Dodgers: ESPN's Peter Gammons is reporting that Jose Valentin has agreed on a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Dodgers. He will take over at third for Adrian Beltre, who agreed to a five-year, $64 million deal with the Mariners on Thursday.

The left handed-hitting Valentin spent 2004 with the White Sox, compiling 30 homers, 70 RBI and a .216 batting average.

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox agreed to terms with outfielder Timo Perez on a $1 million, one-year deal Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Perez hit .246 with five homers and 40 RBI last season, his first with the White Sox after being acquired from the New York Mets on March 27. The left-hander hit .397 with runners in scoring position. He played 49 games in right field, 25 in center and 12 in left and made 69 starts.

Perez has a career average of .269 with 23 homers and 154 RBI in five seasons with the Mets and White Sox. He also spent four seasons in Japan with the Hiroshima Carp.

The White Sox also claimed right-hander Bobby Jenks off waivers from Anaheim and designated righty Eduardo Villacis for assignment.

Jenks was the Angels' fifth-round pick in 2000, but he's been limited by injuries the last two seasons.

Jenks was 0-2 with a 10.71 ERA in four games for Triple-A Salt Lake and Class A Rancho Cucamonga before being shut down with elbow problems. He had surgery July 20 and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Villacis went 6-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 19 games at Double-A Birmingham after being claimed off waivers from Kansas City on May 26.

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cards agreed to terms on a two-year contract with left-handed reliever Ray King on Friday.

The deal also has a club option in 2007, but no financial terms were disclosed.

The 30-year-old appeared in 86 games for the Cardinals last season and had a 5-2 record and a 2.61 ERA.

King, acquired by St. Louis last December in a trade with Atlanta, has a career record of 14-14 with a 3.08 ERA. He was not scored on during his three World Series appearances against the champion Boston Red Sox.

San Francisco Giants: The Giants have re-signed left-handed reliever Jason Christiansen to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Christiansen, 35, will also have an option for the 2006 season, GM Brian Sabean said.

Christiansen was unscored upon in 45 of his 60 appearances with San Francisco in 2004 while recording a career-high four victories and ranking sixth in the National League for stranding inherited baserunners.

Acquired by San Francisco in a July 31, 2001, trade with St. Louis, the 6-foot-5, 241-lb. pitcher has posted a 5-4 mark with three saves and a 4.18 ERA in 131 games for the Giants.

Christiansen has also seen big-league action with Pittsburgh (1995-2000) and the Cardinals (2000-01), going 21-25 with 16 saves and a 4.20 ERA over 460 career relief outings.

Texas Rangers: Infielder Greg Colbrunn agreed Friday to a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers and was invited to spring training.

Injuries limited Colbrunn, 35, to 20 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He has played in 992 career games, hitting .289 with 98 home runs and 422 RBI in a 13-year career with Montreal, Florida, Minnesota, Atlanta, Colorado, Arizona and Seattle.

He underwent right wrist surgery on June 30. He was activated in September but did not play.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies claimed infielder Alfredo Amezaga off waivers from the Angels on Friday.

Amezaga, a switch-hitter, hit .161 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 73 games for Anaheim last season. He played shortstop, second base and third base.

He went 0-2 in two playoff games against the Boston Red Sox.

New York Mets: The Mets on Friday claimed outfielder Ron Calloway off waivers from the Washington Nationals, according to the Sports Network.

Calloway, 28, batted .167 with one homer and 10 RBI in 46 games as a member of the Montreal Expos last season. He also hit .283 with five homers and 46 RBI in 59 games with Montreal's Triple-A affiliate in Edmonton.

The Mets added Calloway to their 40-man roster, which now stands at 40.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks said Friday that Chip Hale will return as manager of the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders.

The Sidewinders were 74-70 last year under Hale, who will have a familiar coaching staff.

Lorenzo Bundy, called up to become the Diamondbacks' bench coach under former manager Al Pedrique on July 2, will begin the 2005 season where he began 2004 -- as the Sidewinders' hitting coach. Mike Parrott will return to Tucson for his fourth year as pitching coach and Greg Barber returns as head trainer.

The Diamondbacks also named Tony Perezchica as manager of the Tennessee Smokes, their new Double-A affiliate in the Southern League.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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