Mondesi Deal a Sign of Times for Dodgers

Let me get this straight: Raul Mondesi has an average salary higher than Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Tino Martinez, Tony Gwynn, Frank Thomas, Larry Walker, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Mo Vaughn, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens and Ken Griffey Jr.?

Fred Claire, my friends and I would like to invite you to our weekly poker game. We’ll even pay your cab fare.


North Hills



Congratulations to Fred Claire and the Dodgers for signing Raul Mondesi to a contract. Now, if they can sign Mike Piazza to a long-term deal, they will have locked up, through the end of the decade and beyond, the nucleus of a team that will fail either to get to the playoffs or win a playoff game. I can hardly wait for spring training.


Los Angeles

* Letters should be addressed to Sports Viewpoint, Sports Department, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, 90053. They may be faxed to (213) 237-4322 or sent on the Internet: <>. Letters should be kept as brief as possible and are subject to editing. They must include a valid mailing address and a phone number.