Giants sign OF Moises Alou

Updated: December 29, 2004, 8:33 PM ET
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SAN FRANCISCO - Outfielder Moises Alou will play for his father again and provide much-needed support for Barry Bonds.

The San Francisco Giants on Monday announced the signing of Alou, the son of manager Felipe Alou, to a one-year contract with an option for a second year.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Moises Alou, 38, became a free agent when the Chicago Cubs declined his 2005 contract option. The move by the Cubs was somewhat surprising after Alou enjoyed the best of his three seasons with the Cubs in 2004, hitting .293 with a career-high 39 home runs and 106 RBIs in 155 games.

The New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros had also expressed interest in Alou.

With San Francisco, Alou will likely bat in the lineup after Bonds, who walked a league-high 232 times last season.

Alou played for his father Felipe with the Montreal Expos from 1992-96.

Drafted in the first round by Pittsburgh in 1986, Alou owns a .300 career average with 278 homers and 1,092 RBIs in 1,619 games with Pittsburgh, Montreal, Florida, Houston and the Cubs.

A four-time All-Star, Alou was a member of the Marlins' world championship team in 1997.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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