The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have agreed to terms with outfielder Raul Mondesi on a one-year contract, with a club option for the 2005 season. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dave Littlefield.
Mondesi, 32, hit .272 with 24 home runs, 71 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 143 combined games with the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks last season. The 5'11", 230-pounder was traded by New York to Arizona on July 29. He posted his sixth career 20-homer/20-stolen base season and his ninth straight year with at least 20 home runs.
Originally signed by Los Angeles as a non-drafted free agent on 6/6/88, the right-handed hitter made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1993. Mondesi captured National League Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 1994 and earned a spot on the N.L. All-Star team in 1995. He has also earned two Gold Gloves (1997 & 1995) during his 11-year big-league career.