The Atlanta Braves took another step towards completing their 2005 Major League roster today, agreeing to terms with free-agent outfielder Raul Mondesi on a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed by the club, although reports are that Mondesi could be receiving a little over one million dollars if he meets all contractual incentives.
The 1994 National League Rookie of the Year, Mondesi owns a lifetime .275 batting average with 267 home runs and 843 RBI. He has twice earned the Rawlings Gold Glove Award (1995 and '97) and was named to the N.L. All-Star team in 1995. In the 10-year span from 1994 to 2003, Mondesi averaged 87 runs scored, 26 home runs, 82 RBI and 23 stolen bases per season.
"We are very excited to add Raul to our club," Braves' General Manager John Schuerholz said. "He has proven in the past that he can be one of the premier outfielders in the game."
Known for his strong throwing arm, Mondesi ranks eighth among all active players with 110 career outfield assists. He led the N.L. in outfield assists in 1994 (15) and 1995 (13) and posted a career-high 18 assists in 2001. The 33-year-old Mondesi, who split the 2004 season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Anaheim Angels, has made three trips to the postseason in his career, including twice with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1995-96) and once with the New York Yankees (2002).
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