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Richard Hidalgo | Outfielder

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (42) / 6/28/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Free agent Richard Hidalgo had a grand slam and a double Tuesday for Magallanes of the VWL.
Hidalgo hasn't played in the U.S. since the Astros released him in spring 2007, but he's still going strong in Venezuela and is a candidate to surface next year. He's currently hitting .366/.427/.545 with three homers in 112 at-bats. Wed, Nov 19, 2008 12:17:00 PM

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Free agent Richard Hidalgo hit his first homer in the Venezuelan Winter League on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Hidalgo was making his first appearance since Oct. 31. He's hitting .286/.412/.381 in 42 at-bats. Considering that he turned down opportunities to play in Triple-A after being released by the Astros in March, Hidalgo doesn't appear truly committed to playing in the majors again. Still, it's possible that he'll resurface in 2008.
Sun, Nov 11, 2007 03:16:00 PM

Astros released outfielder Richard Hidalgo.

Hidalgo was offered a spot on Triple-A Round Rock's roster, but he requested his release instead. He hit just .136 with 44 at-bats this spring.
Sat, Mar 24, 2007 06:07:00 PM

Richard Hidalgo hit his first homer of the spring Friday against the Indians.

It was a three-run shot off Joe Borowski. Still, this is a case of too little, too late. Hidalgo is batting just .136 in 44 at-bats. He's not going to make the Astros.
Fri, Mar 23, 2007 09:57:00 PM

Richard Hidalgo is 2-for-23 this spring after going hitless again Sunday.

Also, he's sporting a 5/0 K/BB ratio. With Luke Scott and Jason Lane off to very good starts, Hidalgo will have to turn things around quickly to have any chance of making the Astros as a reserve.
Sun, Mar 11, 2007 04:05:00 PM

Astros signed outfielder Richard Hidalgo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Astros fans are obviously sick of Jason Lane, but Lane was a better player than Hidalgo in both 2004 and 2005 before Hidalgo sat out last season. The two guys should compete for a job starting in right field against left-handers. Luke Scott is no sure thing, so the winner will have some fantasy upside. There probably won't be room for both on the roster, so a trade involving Lane is likely if Hidalgo has a strong spring.
Fri, Jan 12, 2007 02:20:00 PM

The Astros are close to signing Richard Hidalgo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

They seem to be the only team with significant interest. Hidalgo ended up hitting .273/.385/.455 with nine homers in 187 at-bats in the Venezuelan Winter League. He'll battle Jason Lane for a spot as the team's fourth outfielder.
Fri, Jan 12, 2007 11:50:00 AM

The Astros are considering signing Richard Hidalgo to a minor league contract.

He'd battle Jason Lane for a spot as the Astros' right-handed-hitting backup outfielder. Should both turn in quality springs, the Astros could trade Lane and keep Hidalgo as the platoonmate for Luke Scott.
Thu, Dec 28, 2006 12:13:00 PM

The Red Sox have some interest in free agent Richard Hidalgo.

Hidalgo would only make much sense for the Red Sox if Wily Mo Pena is traded. Should that happen, his right-handed bat and plus defense in right field could make him a useful part-time player and perhaps something more.
Wed, Nov 22, 2006 10:22:00 AM

Free agent Richard Hidalgo homered twice Tuesday for Magallanes of the VWL.

Now he's gotten it going. After a slow start, Hidalgo is up to .292/.356/.615 in 65 at-bats. All six of his homers have come since Oct. 31.
Wed, Nov 8, 2006 02:54:00 PM

Free agent Richard Hidalgo hit his first homer Tuesday for Magallanes of the VWL.

He's at .190 with a pair of doubles in 42 at-bats. There's a good chance Hidalgo will return to the majors at some point during 2007, but he needs to have a big winter in order to have much of a chance of making a team out of spring training.
Wed, Nov 1, 2006 01:29:00 PM

Free agent Richard Hidalgo went 0-for-4 on Saturday and is off to a 3-for-16 start in the VWL.

Although he signed with the Yankees in late May, Hidalgo never played in the majors or the minors this year, so it's not surprising that he's a little rusty. If he can bounce back and put together a good winter, there will probably be several teams interested in him on a minor league deal.
Sun, Oct 22, 2006 02:43:00 PM

General manager Brian Cashman said that the Yankees have "decided to pull the plug" on Richard Hidalgo.

Given New York's injury situation that means Hidalgo, who was signed to a minor league contract last month, must look pretty washed up. The Yankees have also stopped having Jason Romano work out in extended spring training.
Source: Newsday
Mon, Jun 5, 2006 10:56:00 AM

Yankees signed outfielder Richard Hidalgo to a minor league deal.

Hidalgo will play at extended spring training for a week before heading to Triple-A. The Yankees' outfield depth will get a major boost when Gary Sheffield returns Tuesday, but if Hidalgo plays well, he should be in New York soon. He's worth stashing away in AL-only leagues.
Source: Newsday
Tue, May 23, 2006 11:00:00 AM

General manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that the Yankees expect to sign Richard Hidalgo.

Hidalgo and the Yankees seem to be a decent fit, especially given that New York just called up Terrence Long.
Mon, May 22, 2006 10:56:00 AM

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