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Mondesi Backs Off His Threat to Leave Pirates

April 26, 2004|From Associated Press

Raul Mondesi threatened to leave the Pittsburgh Pirates if they don't pay him by the end of the month, then backed off his comments after meeting with team officials Sunday.

"If by April 30 they don't pay me, I'll pack up my things and come back to the Dominican Republic," the outfielder said before a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

A Dominican civil court ruled in February that Mondesi owed former major leaguer Mario Guerrero about $640,000 for helping him improve his baseball skills, a claim Mondesi denies.

Mondesi appealed the ruling; he said the court ordered his accounts in nine Dominican banks frozen, and the Pirates are withholding his pay.

Mondesi's salary this season is $1.15 million.

From Associated Press

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