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Spain: Valencia Astros Add Two Sluggers

SPAIN – The Valencia Astros of the Spanish League have added outfielder Pedro Mendez and first baseman Sandel Cuevas to the roster for the 2010 season. The Astros, managed by Seattle Mariners’ scout Joan Garcia, have won just one game since joining Spain’s highest division in 2008.

Mendez, who departed El Llano a year ago for De Angelis Godo of the Italian Baseball League, batted .108 with three RBIs in limited action in 2009.

Cuevas, a native of the Dominican Republic, played the past two seasons in the United States. The left-handed slugger is expected to be a top run producer for a squad that plated a paltry 2.64 runs a game this past season.


CB Sant Boi continued their roster shake-up with the addition of former Tenerife Marlins catcher Jose Luis Salazar. Earlier this winter, the Spanish League runner-up team signed former Marlins standout Daniel Martinez.

The 35-year-old Salazar collected 18 RBIs and scored 22 runs for the five-time defending Spanish champions this past season while hitting .398 with a .433 on base percentage. He also gunned down 20 of 40 would-be base runners in 2009.

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