Outfielder agrees to two-year deal

Updated: December 27, 2004, 11:16 PM ET
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San Francisco Giants: The Giants finalized a two-year contract with outfielder Moises Alou on Monday that reunites him with his father, manager Felipe Alou.

"I'm just happy for the opportunity to join my dad again," Moises said. "Ending my career playing for my dad, I always wanted to do that. The opportunity fell in my lap."

The deal is worth about $13.25 million and includes a player option for the 2006 season. An agreement was reached last week but was pending until Alou passed a physical. An escalator could raise the value to about $13.75 million.

Alou gives the Giants another big bat to team with Barry Bonds in the middle of the lineup. Alou hit a career-high 39 homers for the Cubs last season and drove in 106 runs.

"I'm going to have to be ready to hit all the time, which has never been a problem for me," Moises said. "They're going to still walk him."

Other than Bonds, the Giants didn't have a player hit more than 22 homers or drive in more than 90 runs last season. The lack of another big hitter contributed to Bonds setting a major-league record with 232 walks last season, including 120 intentional.

And San Francisco finished 91-71, two games behind Los Angeles in the NL West and one behind Houston in the wild-card race.

Alou, 38, will be managed by his father in the majors for the second time after playing under his dad from 1992-96 in Montreal before leaving as part of the Expos' fire sale. The four-time All-Star is a career .300 hitter, with 278 homers and 1,092 RBI.

He becomes the fourth Alou to play for the Giants, joining Felipe (1958-63) and uncles Jesus (1963-68) and Matty (1960-65). Felipe and Moises are one of six father-son combinations in major-league history that have been manager-player.

New York Mets: Free-agent pitcher Odalis Perez will meet Mets general manager Omar Minaya later this week, the lefty said.

Perez said he hoped to meet with Minaya in Santo Domingo later this week, but Minaya planned to remain in the New York area all week.

Minaya used a similar approach to lure Pedro Martinez to the Mets, meeting with the Dominican pitcher during the Thanksgiving weekend before signing the three-time Cy Young Award winner to a four-year, $53 million contract.

"I'm excited about the possibility of joining Pedro Martinez in the Mets' rotation. Pedro's intelligence and maturity and my abilities to pitch would be a tremendous combination," Perez said.

Perez, 27, was 7-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 31 starts for Los Angeles last season. He is 45-43 with a 4.00 ERA in six season with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles.

Perez said he wants a contract similar to the recent three-year deals signed by Kris Benson (Mets, $22.5 million) and Matt Clement (Boston Red Sox, $25.5 million).

The Mets are also aggressively pursuing free-agent center fielder Carlos Beltran, with a meeting expected within the next two weeks.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal with outfielder Todd Hollandsworth, avoiding arbitration.

"I fell in love with the city, the team and the organization," Hollandsworth said. "You have this dying passion to help this team get over the top and help them get back to the World Series."

Hollandsworth was a key member of Chicago's bench last year, hitting .318 with eight homers and 22 RBI in 57 games. He started 26 games in right field when Sammy Sosa was out with a back injury.

But Hollandsworth fouled a pitch off his right shin on June 27 and did not play again for the rest of the season.

Hollandsworth is a career .279 hitter with 85 homers and 330 RBI in 10 seasons with Chicago, Florida, Texas, Colorado and Los Angeles. He was the NL rookie of the year in 1996, when he hit .291 with a career-high 12 homers, 26 doubles and 59 RBI for the Dodgers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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