Fernando Valenzuela wants to pitch again in the major leagues, and wants to stay in California.
Soon, Valenzuela might get both of his wishes.Valenzuela and the California Angels are negotiating, and his agent said Sunday that he hoped a deal could be completed shortly.
"It is a fact we are talking with the Angels," agent Tony DeMarco said by telephone from Los Angeles. "I'm happy with the way the talks are going. I'm very confident that Fernando will be pitching in the major leagues for sure, and I hope it will be soon."
Valenzuela, 30, was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 28. The San Francisco Giants showed some interest in Valenzuela, but did not make an offer, and DeMarco said other teams, which he did not identify, have inquired about the 1981 Cy Young winner.
Valenzuela was 13-13 with a 4.59 ERA last season, and also pitched his first career no-hitter. He has been working out at a high school field in Los Angeles since being released.
Valenzuela spent his entire 11-season major league career with the Dodgers, made the All-Star team six times and created "Fernando-mania" wherever he pitched. He is 141-116 lifetime, but has not had an above-.500 year since 1986.
The Dodgers waived Valenzuela less than a week before they would have been required to pay his full 1991 salary. Instead, he got $630,495 in termination pay.