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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Raul Mondesi signs for Angels

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posted on May, 28 2004 @ 02:29 PM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Outfielder Raul Mondesi has reached a deal to play for the Anaheim Angels just three weeks after walking away from the game.

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.

The former All-Star and Gold Glover said he got a $1.75 million contract for the rest of the season. He said he will make his debut in center field for the banged-up AL West leaders Sunday at Chicago.

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently terminated Mondesi's contract after he left them May 7 to return home to the Dominican. 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 presence of several Dominican and other Latin players on the Angels' roster helped him make his final decision, he said.



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