Big bat added to pair with Bonds

SAN FRANCISCO -- Moises Alou is being reunited with his
father after reaching a preliminary agreement on a two-year
contract with Felipe Alou's San Francisco Giants worth about $13.25
million, a person involved in the negotiations told The Associated
Press on Wednesday.

The deal, which includes a second year at the player's option,
is pending until Alou passes a physical, the person said, speaking
on condition of anonymity. An escalator could raise the value to
about $13.75 million.

The addition of 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 Chicago Cubs last season and drove in
106 runs.

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 last season with 232 walks, including 120 intentional.

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

Assistant general manager Ned Colletti said the team doesn't
comment on deals until they're officially announced.

"We're negotiating with a number of players, talking to a lot
of different players," Colletti said. "We have talked to Moises
and his agent. We have not signed anybody."

This would mark the second time Felipe Alou has managed his son
in the majors, having done it in 1992-96 in Montreal. A call to
Felipe Alou went unreturned.

Moises left as part of the Expos' firesale and won the World
Series the next season in Florida, hitting three homers and driving
runs against the Indians. He then played three seasons in Houston
and three with the Cubs.

Alou, 38, is a career .300 hitter, with 278 homers and 1,092
RBI, and is a four-time All-Star.

He played mostly left field for the Cubs, but at the GM meetings
in November, Felipe said his son could also play right field. That
would fulfill one of the last major needs for the Giants this

San Francisco has already signed a $12.25 million, three-year
deal with Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel and a $10.5 million,
three-year contract with Gold Glove catcher Mike Matheny. The
Giants also signed closer Armando Benitez for $21.5 million over
three years.