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White Sox Sign Will Cordero

March 23, 1998

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Wil Cordero, who admitted beating his wife last year, agreed today to a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Cordero pleaded guilty in November to beating and threatening his wife last June. He received a 90-day suspended sentence and was ordered to attend regular counseling sessions.

``We are convinced Wil is sincere in the remorse he has expressed over his past history and believe the White Sox organization can play a supportive role in continuing to assist him on a daily basis,″ White Sox general manager Ron Schueler said.

Cordero hit .281 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs last season for the Boston Red Sox, who released him immediately after the season.

Cordero was arrested June 11 after a fight with his wife, Ana, that left her nose bloodied.

``I realize what I did was wrong,″ Cordero, 26, said in a statement. ``I recognize that I’ve made mistakes and have worked hard to change. With the support of Chicago’s fans and the White Sox, I see this as a tremendous chance to redeem myself and my reputation. I want to do everything possible to assure the club and the White Sox fans that they’ll not be embarrassed by my performance on or off the field.″

Cordero played in Montreal when White Sox manager Jerry Manuel was a coach there.

The deal contains an option for 1999.

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