Mondesi Set to Join Pirates
Raul Mondesi says he is close to completing a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he’s thankful for an opportunity to play in the major leagues this season.
“The Pirates have given me a second chance in my career, and I should be grateful for that,” Mondesi said Saturday.
Mondesi, who will turn 33 next month, was the National League rookie of the year for the Dodgers in 1994.
The free-agent outfielder would probably be the Pirates’ starting right fielder this season.
Mondesi made $13 million last season while splitting the season between the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, batting .272 with 24 home runs and 71 runs batted in in 143 games.
The Texas Rangers signed All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock to a five-year contract.
Financial terms of the contract, which includes a team option for a sixth season, weren’t disclosed by the Rangers. Blalock made $302,500 last season, his first full year in the majors.
Blalock hit .300 with 29 home runs and 90 RBIs last season.
Kansas City Royal right-hander Kyle Snyder will undergo surgery on his pitching shoulder on Wednesday and be sidelined indefinitely.
Snyder re-injured the shoulder while rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery, the Royals said.
In his rookie season in 2003, Snyder, 26, had a 1-6 record with a 5.17 earned-run average in 15 starts.
He was put on the disabled list in August with right shoulder stiffness and had surgery on Sept. 3.