Angel Villalona has received his work visa and will be in big league camp with the Giants for spring training, a team official confirmed today. He will travel to Arizona next week to join the team.
Villalona, a 22-year-old first baseman who signed with the Giants for $2.1 million in 2006, was on the restricted list in 2010 and 2011, then was unable to obtain a visa to enter the United States last year. Villalona had been charged with the September 2009 murder of 25-year-old Mario Felix de Jesus Velete in the Dominican Republic at a bar in La Romana, where Villalona is from. Villalona eventually settled with de Jesus Velete's family, reportedly for around $139,000. A prosecutor was planning to move forward with the case, but the charges were dropped.
Villalona had reportedly sued the Giants for breach of contract for $5 million in a Dominican court, but the two sides reportedly settled. The Giants placed Villalona on their 40-man roster and Major League Baseball removed him from the restricted list, so Villalona spent last season playing in the Dominican Summer League, where he hit .303/.430/.497 with seven home runs in 44 games.
Prior to his legal troubles, Villalona had reached high Class A San Jose in 2009, hitting .267/.306/.397 with nine home runs in 74 games that season in the California League.
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