Expos give Jose another chance

Feb. 21, 2002 at 3:34 PM
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JUPITER, Fla., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Montreal Expos, who are giving

Jose Canseco a chance to make the team, signed outfielder Felix

Jose to a minor league contract Thursday and invited him to

spring training.

Jose played with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Professional

League last season and batted .335 with 36 home runs, 90 runs

and 102 RBI. He last played in the major leagues with the New

York Yankees in 2000, appearing in 20 games.

The 36-year-old Jose has a .280 average with 51 home runs and

314 RBI in 716 career major league games. He was a teammate of

Canseco's with the Oakland Athletics from 1988-90. Montreal,

which is being run by the commisioner's office this season,

signed Canseco to a minor league contract Tuesday.

The Expos on Thursday also invited pitchers Matt Blank and Jimmy

Serrano to spring training.

The 25-year-old Blank went 6-7 with a 5.18 ERA in 14 starts with

Class AAA Ottawa of the International League last season. He

made five appearances with the Expos, going 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA.

Serrano split last year between Class AA Harrisburg of the

Eastern League and Ottawa, going 6-4 in 56 appearances.

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