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Guerrero, Nunez Agree to St. Louis Deals

January 12, 2005

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Infielders Wilton Guerrero and Abraham Nunez were among eight players who agreed Wednesday to minor league contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pitchers Chris Gissell, Bob File and Toby Borland also agreed to deals along with first baseman Mike Bell, and outfielders Raul Gonzalez and Brandon Berger.

Guerrero, 30, hit .231 in 26 at-bats with Kansas City last season and .326 at Triple-A Omaha. He is a career .282 hitter in 672 major league games and is the brother of American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero.

Nunez, 28, hit .245 in 97 games with Pittsburgh last year. His best season was 2001, when he hit .262 in 115 games.

Bell, 30, is the son of former player and manager Buddy Bell and brother of David Bell of the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit 25 homers at Triple-A Charlotte last season.

Gissell, 27, led the Pacific Coast League with 14 wins last season for Triple-A Colorado Springs. The right-hander was 0-1 with a 14.54 ERA in five games with the Colorado Rockies.

Both Borland and File are right-handed relievers. Borland, 35, was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 games with the Florida Marlins. File, 27, was 1-0 with a 5.04 ERA in 18 games with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Gonzalez, 31, hit .310 at Triple-A Buffalo and had one hit in 11 at-bats for the Cleveland Indians.

Berger, 29, played at three levels for the Royals last season with a combined 26 home runs and 89 RBIs. He hit .212 in 10 games with Kansas City.

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