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STRAWBERRY SIGNS ON WITH GIANTS

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Darryl Strawberry wants to salvage a career nearly ruined by drugs and injury. The struggling San Francisco Giants are trying to turn around their season.

Hoping they both get what they want, Strawberry and the Giants reached a contract agreement Sunday. However, the eight-time All-Star won't be ready to join the club for several weeks."I think everybody deserves a second chance. There are guys who will turn their lives around, so give Darryl Strawberry a chance to turn his life around," Giants manager Dusty Baker said at a news conference.

San Francisco general manager Bob Quinn conceded the club was taking a calculated risk with Strawberry, released six weeks ago from a drug treatment center and waived a month ago by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But with the Giants desperate for offense and looking to halt a slide that has left them at a season-low nine games below .500, it was one worth taking, Quinn said.

"We're willing to take whatever risk is involved because we're convinced that this man is ready to turn his life around and play good solid baseball for the Giants," Quinn said.

The Giants hope to have Strawberry in right field by the All-Star break to replace Willie McGee, out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Strawberry, 32, was signed to a contract for the rest of the 1994 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In a statement released by the club, Strawberry said: "My agent, Eric Goldschmidt, and I were extremely impressed with the manner in which the Giants organization reached out to me."

Strawberry said he was convinced "that being a member of the Giants presented a comfortable atmosphere for my return to the game."

Quinn said Strawberry will begin a conditioning program under team supervision, followed by a brief playing assignment with one of the Giants' minor league affiliates. If all goes well, Strawberry could be with the team by mid-July.