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Postby bogie » Fri May 28, 2004 3:12 pm

Mondesi signs with Angels for $1.75 million
May 28, 2004
By ENRIQUE ROJAS

AP story

Raul Mondesi said he signed a US$1.75 million contract with the Anaheim Angels on Friday for the rest of the season.

The Dominican outfielder told The Associated Press that he would make his debut in center field on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. "I'm very pleased with the agreement I reached with the Angels," Mondesi said.

Anaheim's upper management proposed sending him to the minors to get in shape before being sent up, but he said he rejected the request.

"I'm in shape. I have been training everyday in a park close to my home," Mondesi said.

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently terminated Mondesi's contract after he left them May 7 to return home to the Dominican Republic. At the time, Mondesi said he was fearful for his family's safety as he fights a lawsuit by former major leaguer Mario Guerrero.

Mondesi cleared waivers May 21, making him a free agent. He had said that other teams were interested in signing him, including the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

The Angels, tied with the Red Sox for the best record in U.S. Major League Baseball, are without regulars Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus, who are on the disabled list. Still, they lead the American League in runs scored and batting average.

On May 19, the Pirates cited breach of contract in ending all dealings with Mondesi. He was hitting .283 with two homers and 14 RBIs when he left.

Mondesi was paid approximately US$192,000 of his US$1.75 million contract before leaving, and the Pirates are not required to pay him any more. He was due a US$600,000 buyout if the team did not pick up his US$8 million option for 2005 but he left voluntarily.

Mondesi, 33, made US$13 million last season with the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is a career .276 hitter with 266 homers and 842 RBIs in 12 seasons.

In his suit, Guerrero said Mondesi promised him 1 percent of his major league earnings for helping develop his skills.

Mondesi argued he didn't meet Guerrero until his career was well advanced. A Dominican court ruled in February that Mondesi owes Guerrero about US$640,000, and Mondesi is appealing.

The next hearing is scheduled for June 19.

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Postby slomo007 » Fri May 28, 2004 3:12 pm

HUGE news....thanks a lot!
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Postby fiz » Fri May 28, 2004 3:13 pm

how does this affect figgins?
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Postby bibsybob » Fri May 28, 2004 3:14 pm

NICE! I called this one yesterday!
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Postby slomo007 » Fri May 28, 2004 3:15 pm

fiz wrote:how does this affect figgins?


Figgins will need to outplay either Kennedy (unlikely) or Eckstein (maybe likely) or Halter (most likely) to stay in the lineup. I'd say it definitely hurts his value.
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Postby thetongueofire » Fri May 28, 2004 3:15 pm

good news... but will he lose playing time when the regulars come back... it'll be interesting to see if Scioscia will play him ahead of Salmon...
[size=10]Manny Ramirez....$20 million
Pedro Martinez....$17.5 million
Curt Schilling...$12 million (and a $2 million bonus)
Never hearing a Yankee fan chant 1918 again...priceless. [/size]
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Postby slomo007 » Fri May 28, 2004 3:16 pm

thetongueofire wrote:good news... but will he lose playing time when the regulars come back... it'll be interesting to see if Scioscia will play him ahead of Salmon...


shhhh! I plan to trade him by that time. ;-D
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Postby Bloody Nipples » Fri May 28, 2004 3:16 pm

Will he start? Should I pick him up and drop Gibbons?
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Postby slomo007 » Fri May 28, 2004 3:17 pm

Bloody Nipples wrote:Will he start? Should I pick him up and drop Gibbons?


I would...he will start until GA comes back for sure.
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Postby trailblazur » Fri May 28, 2004 3:18 pm

BS, mondesi shouldnt be able to play at all this year. if an idiot wants out for the year they should keep him out. what prevents anyone else from doing this and coming back with any team they want??? :-°
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