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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2003

Outfielder Agbayani released by Red Sox

Advertiser Staff and News Services

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox released outfielder Benny Agbayani and pitcher Willie Banks yesterday.

Agbayani played at Saint Louis School and Hawai'i Pacific University in Honolulu.

Agbayani, acquired on waivers from Colorado in August, was hitting .235 with one home run this spring. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Boston's 5-4 victory over Toronto at Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday.

Agbayani, 31, agreed to a one-year contract worth $610,000 with the Boston Red Sox Jan. 17, avoiding arbitration. He spent time between Colorado and the Red Sox last season, as well as at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He batted .297 in 13 games for the Red Sox after he was claimed off waivers from Colorado Aug. 26.

In five seasons with the Mets, Rockies and Red Sox, Agbayani batted .274 with 299 hits, 39 home runs and 156 RBIs.

Agbayani played for the Los Mochis Sugarcane Growers of the Mexican Pacific League during the winter and batted .322 with a .458 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 33 RBIs in 50 games.

Banks, who signed a free agent contract in August 2001, had a 6.00 ERA in six innings this spring. The right-hander gave up nine hits, four earned runs and one homer in five appearances. He was 2-1 with one save and a 3.23 ERA in 29 games with Boston last season.