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Mondesi To Sign By end Of This Week


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Wednesday, May 26, 2004


ESPN2: BAL@BOS Mon., 1:20 PM ET



Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Out-of-work outfielder Raul Mondesi will decide soon whether to play again this season, and said he could wind up with Anaheim, Boston or Baltimore.



"If I'm going to sign, it will happen before the end of the week," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday.



"There are other clubs interested in me, but I want a team that has an opportunity to advance to the postseason," he said.



The Pittsburgh Pirates recently terminated Mondesi's contract. He left the team May 7 and returned 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 Friday, making him a free agent.



Anaheim and Boston lead their AL divisions and Baltimore is in third place. The Angels are banged-up, with stars Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus on the disabled list.



"The discussion of any players that aren't with the Angels, I stay away from that," Anaheim general manager Bill Stoneman said before Wednesday night's game at Toronto.



Angels manager Mike Scioscia is familiar with Mondesi, a former NL Rookie of the Year, All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner.



"Raul is obviously a talent that is out there," he said. "I know Bill has had some contact with him, but if it leads to anything we'll see."



"While I was playing, he was coming up in the minors leagues, and when I was coaching on the Dodgers he was on the club," he said. "Raul can play center field. He would create a lot more depth that we have and you'd be able to have better options with matchups. It's something that we would welcome if it happens, but there is a lot to getting a player here."



Jim Beattie, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations, said he has contacted Mondesi's agent, Jeff Moorad.



"You always make a phone call, but it's very, very preliminary," Beattie said. "When players like that become available, you want to do your due diligence."



Last week, the Pirates cited breach of contract in ending all dealings with Mondesi. He was hitting .283 with two homers and 14 RBIs.



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



Mondesi, 33, made $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 $640,000, and Mondesi is appealing.



The next hearing is scheduled for June 19.



"Things are going much better for me," Mondesi said. "I'm more relaxed now."



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It's been reported that he's close to signing with the Halos.


I feel sorry for Jeff DaVanon. The guy was pretty damn good last year filling in for some of the injured starts and he's been pretty good this year as a starter so far and that get's him a nice, warm spot on the bench. :thumbup

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