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Cleared of murder charges, Angel Villalona drops $5 million lawsuit against Giants and rejoins organization

Sep 2, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

Angel Villalona AP

Last month Angel Villalona sued the Giants for $5 million claiming that they violated the terms of his contract after he was charged with murder in 2009.

Villalona spent three months in a Dominican Republic jail after being accused of killing a 25-year-old man in a nightclub, but the charges were eventually dismissed as part of a $139,000 settlement with the victim’s family and now Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the former top prospect will settle the lawsuit with the Giants and resume playing in the minors.

Villalona received $2.1 million to sign with the Giants as a 16-year-old in 2006 and is still just 21 despite not playing since mid-2009. However, even before the murder charges his prospect stock was slipping thanks to mediocre production and a hideous 235/45 K/BB ratio in the low levels of the minors.

Giants senior vice president of communications Staci Slaughter told Schulman that Villalona will “most likely” be reinstated and report to the team’s academy in the Dominican Republic to start working his way back into game shape.

What a weird story. And there’s still no guarantee he’ll be allowed back in the United States.

  1. clydeserra - Sep 2, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    He will learn in the Giants organization that its white collar crime that pays.

    Rookie league mistake.

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      the charges were eventually dismissed as part of a $139,000 settlement with the victim’s family.
      .
      Oh, I think he’s already learned the Golden Rule. If you gots the gold, you makes the rule.

      • pjmarn6 - Sep 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

        Willing to wager by the time he is 30, he will be back to harvesting sugar cane.

  2. mojosmagic - Sep 2, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    The Giants are a joke. How do you let this guy back in your organization? They were the lucky flavor of the year in 2010 and the Phillies were light years better.

    • clydeserra - Sep 2, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      the phillies, on the other hand would never agree to a $25 million extension to a player who beat his wife on a Boston street.

      What’s that you say, he was never convicted of anything? Neither was this kid.

      • seattlej - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:35 PM

        Vick, on the other hand, was convicted… and he’s the toast of the town in Philly. Stay classy PA.

      • trigzter - Sep 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        oh wait. what team does that player play for? the ASTROS. Vick did his time, and now he’s here in Philly. What are we supposed to do? Hate him?

      • clydeserra - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:05 AM

        he does pays for the Astros. But the Phillies gave him a fancy new contract months after his arrest and I believe before the case was resolved

    • seeingwhatsticks - Sep 3, 2011 at 6:14 AM

      Totally. That whole “winning the games that matter most” thing is totally overrated when determining which team is better.

    • gaels1997 - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      wah wah the Phillies were better…you’ve got to be kidding me. For how GOOD the Phillies are they should have won the last 4 but didn’t get over it.

  3. kcrockett1 - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Seriously, where does it end with Phillies fans? Finding any and every reason to bash on any other organization. Flavor of the year? Your team is the most losing franchise in the history of North American sports. Your team has as many World Series titles as the Florida Marlins……get over yourselves, you are not the model organization in Major League Baseball all of a sudden………Jesus!!!

    • bigleagues - Sep 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      *** Please Note:

      Phillies and Marlins do, in fact, have the same number of World Series Championships.

      One franchise accomplished the feat in its first 11 years of existence and the other took just 125 years.

  4. brianbowman16 - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Kind of unfortunate, cuz at one time he was murder on opposing batters

    • dreadpiratesteve - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      I’m guessing you meant pitchers. Villalona was a 1B.

      • brianbowman16 - Sep 2, 2011 at 8:13 PM

        yeah thats what i mean thanks. i didn’t notice it till you said that
        #props#

  5. dreadpiratesteve - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    People in Philly need to practice the old “people in glass houses” routine. Don’t talk about scumbags on other teams. Yous city has plenty of its own both on the field and in the stands.

  6. seeingwhatsticks - Sep 3, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    Who will be the first to say Villalona is killing the ball next year?

  7. bigleagues - Sep 3, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Normally I would have no problem with a person who is cleared of any charges being allowed back onto a team or into the US . . . but I’m a little hung up on the settlement aspect of this case.

    I mean I suppose if he’s truly innocent he may try anything to get the charges dropped so he can resume his baseball career. On the other hand, if he truly isn’t innocent, then he may try anything to get the charges dropped so he can resume his baseball career.

    Lack of evidence is lack of evidence, I guess. And I think the Giants were caught between a rock and hard place. But there is something rather bizarro about that Dominican legal system, isn’t there?

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