Former prospect Villalona suing Giants for 5 million

August 12, 2011, 6:19 pm
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Angel Villalona, the former Giants prospect accused of homicide in 2009, has sued the team for 5 million, alleging violation of his contract.

The suit was filed on Aug. 8 in the Dominican Republic.

In the legal document, which The Associated Press has received a copy of, the lawsuit seeks 10,400 in wages and 5 million in compensation for moral and material damage experienced. The suit also demands that the Giants make a decision regarding his contract situation within five days.

Villalona, a first baseman, has been practicing in the town of La Romana, which is about 100 miles from the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo.

"I'm practicing and working because I want to recover my baseball career," Villalona said. "I can't talk about the process with the Giants, but I can only say that I want to return to play."

Villalona was charged with murder in September 2009 and pleaded not guilty in December 2010, according to the court ruling of the Judicial District of La Romana.

Villalona was discharged on charges of murder and currently does not weigh any charges against him. There was insufficient evidence and therefore was discharged, said the prosecutor in La Romana, Jose Polanco.

A Giants representative in the Dominican Republic, Pablo Peguero, confirmed that the team had received notification of the lawsuit.

In August 2006, the Giants signed Villalona with a team record 2.1 million signing bonus.

He was assigned to the Rookie Arizona League as a third baseman, where he hit .264.

Villalona played 2008 with the Augusta GreenJackets and was named to the 2008 All-Star Futures Game. He also spent time with with the Single-A San Jose Giants.