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What the Heck is the Deal with Raul Mondesi?
2005-01-13 14:56
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Raul Mondesi is like Darryl Strawberry without the drugs.

From The Associated Press:

Raul Mondesi said he has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year contract.

Mondesi told The Associated Press that he will earn $1 million, and that the deal includes performance bonuses that could bring the total value up to $1.7 million.

"I will travel to Atlanta tonight to take a physical early Friday, and the deal will be official afterward,'' Mondesi said Thursday.

According to Braves spokesman Brad Hainje, assistant general manager Frank Wren said Mondesi's claim was not true.

"We don't have any news on Mondesi,'' Hainje said. "There are a number of players we're talking to. I don't know if Mondesi is one of them.

"He has not signed with us, and we don't have plans for an announcement today.''

The Dodger Thoughts Mondesi Chronicles
aka
The Dodger Thoughts Strange Obsession with Mondesi

July 11, 2003: Ill-Winds on the Mondesi Front
July 30, 2003: The Lost Cause Marches On
February 11, 2004: Mondesi Forced To Pay 1 Percent of Career Earnings
February 11, 2004: The Youth Market
February 26, 2004: Mondesi Earnings Dispute Drags on
April 16, 2004: Mondesi Salary Withheld
May 10, 2004: Mondesi Out for Season
May 26, 2004: First Mondesi - Then Gagne?

Update: Raul Tavares writes that others and I shouldn't have been so quick to assume that Mondesi's story was the faulty one. And Tavares is right. I still think it's been a strange couple of years for Mondesi, which is all my lead really tried to point out, but I have to cop to not considering that it was the Braves spokesman who was out of the loop, rather than Mondesi being loopy.

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