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Alou OK after car accident

Free agent outfielder Moises Alou escaped injury when his car hit a pothole and momentarily spun out of control.

Alou was driving alone Saturday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he lives in the offseason.

"I'm grateful that everybody worries about me, but thank God I'm OK," he said yesterday. "Two of the tires blew out and I had to call for help to tow it. There was not a crash or any injuries."

Alou hit 39 home runs with 106 RBIs last season with the Chicago Cubs. The Mets made Alou an offer about two weeks ago, general manager Omar Minaya said.

Not many takers
Second baseman Placido Polanco accepted the Phillies' offer of salary arbitration, and former UMass lefthander Ron Villone did likewise with the Mariners before last night's midnight deadline. Of the 41 free agents offered arbitration by their former teams, the only other to accept was Roger Clemens, who said last week he was accepting Houston's offer but has not decided whether he will pitch in 2005 or retire . . . The Rangers re-signed free agent outfielder David Dellucci to a two-year, $1.8 million contract. The deal includes up to $700,000 in performance bonuses. Dellucci batted .242 with 17 homers and 61 RBIs in 107 games last season . . . Officials from the league and players' union are scheduled to meet today to renew discussions on instituting a stricter drug policy. The sides met last Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. "The meetings have been good so far," said MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy. "We'll start up again and see where it goes from there."

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