Mondesi Signed?

Is he signed or not? According to a report published this afternoon by the Associated Press, OF Raul Mondesi said that he has come to terms on a one year deal with Atlanta. However, the Braves deny that a deal is currently in place.

In the report published this afternoon by the AP, Mondesi is quoted as saying, "I will travel to Atlanta tonight to take a physical early Friday, and the deal will be official afterward."

However, an edited version of the report - published some thirty minutes later - quotes Braves PR Director Greg Hainje as denying a deal has been consummated.

"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."

BravesCenter.Com's Bill Shanks also reported that the Braves had no official information regarding a Mondesi signing.

The AP reports that if official, the deal will be worth $1.0 million dollars, with around $700,000 in player incentives.

Mondesi, 33, hit .241 with three home runs and 15 RBIss in 34 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Anaheim Angels last season, when he was shadowed by off the field trouble.

Mondesi began the season with the Pirates, who terminated his contract on May 19 -- just 12 days after he left the team to return to his native Dominican Republic to fight a lawsuit.

Mondesi, who claimed he was fearful for his family's safety, contested a lawsuit by former major leaguer Mario Guerrero, a fellow Dominican who said Mondesi promised him 1 percent of his major league earnings for helping develop his skills.

Mondesi, the 1994 NL rookie of the year with Los Angeles, has a career .275 average, with 267 home runs and 843 RBIs in 12 seasons. He also claimed the NL Outfielders Gold Glove with LA twice (1995, 1997).

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