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Canseco keen on Cavalry move - for the right price

Jose Canseco was once recruited by The Simpsons millionaire Mr Burns for an all-star softball team - and he could provide an all-star feel to an Australian Baseball League team next season.

The two-time world series winner wants to play in the ABL and the Canberra Cavalry is a chance of landing one of the biggest names in Major League Baseball.

Cavalry second-base Adam Buschini played against Canseco in the independent North American League in 2011 and the pair struck up a discussion on Twitter on Thursday about the former Oakland A's outfielder coming to Canberra.

''Would come to Canberra to play if I could make some $. Have your GM get to my agent Joe Melendez,'' Canseco tweeted to Buschini.

The 48-year-old is still playing in the independent leagues - not affiliated with the MLB - despite his age.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he played 17 seasons at the top level with seven clubs, winning two world series rings - first with the As in 1989 and then the New York Yankees in 2000.


He has earned more than $45 million in his career and openly admitted taking steroids in his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big.

When contacted by The Canberra Times, his manager Melendez said Canseco would be interested in coming to Australia as long as the deal made ''sense''.

''He would like to go and play and be back in the MLB family with the ABL but it is a big sacrifice and he can't go for the sake of just playing,'' Melendez said.

''It needs to make sense for him.''

Melendez would not be drawn on what kind of contract it would take to get Canseco to Canberra.

''I don't want to give a number because it's not really about money with him,'' he said. ''He loves to play but will be missing a lot of opportunities so he will have to be comfortable with the pay.''

The Canberra Times believes it would take at least $100,000 to bring the six-time MLB all-star to the ACT for a three-month stint.

Cavalry general manager Thom Carter was coy about his club's chances of landing the former silver slugger.

''We're always entertaining ideas to bring out top-quality players,'' Carter said.