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Montreal The Montreal Expos today re-signed veteran right-handed hitter Joe Vitiello to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Vice President and General Manager Omar Minaya made the announcement.

Vitiello, 33, hit .342 with six doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI in 38 games with the Expos last season after his contract was selected from AAA-Edmonton on June 21. He started 20 games in all, 13 in left field, six at first base and one as designated hitter. He sports a .248 career average in 282 major league games since 1995 with Kansas City, San Diego and Montreal.

Vitiello first joined the Expos' organization in 2002 at AAA-Ottawa and ranked third in the International League with a .329 batting average to be selected the league's All-Star first baseman. After signing a minor league deal with San Francisco in January 2003, he was reacquired by the Montreal organization and assigned to AAA-Edmonton on May 3, 2003. He was outrighted to Edmonton on October 1 and opted for free agency.

Vitiello becomes the 13th non-roster player invited to the Expos major league camp in Viera, FL. He will report on February 24 with the
position players. Pitchers and catchers report on February 18 with first workout the next day.

The other non-roster invitees are pitchers Jeff Farnsworth, Jeremy Fikac, Mike Judd, Pat Mahomes, Christian Parker; catchers Brad Cresse, Paul Hoover, Randy Knorr and Gregg Zaun; infielders Larry Broadway, Luis Lopez and Julius Matos.

Montreal Expos - 12 February 2004

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