Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1:13 a.m.

Mondesi says he will sign with Braves

  • SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Raul Mondesi said he has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year contract.
    Mondesi told The Associated Press that he will earn $1 million, and that the deal includes performance bonuses that could bring the total value up to $1.7 million.
    ''I will travel to Atlanta tonight to take a physical early Friday, and the deal will be official afterward,'' Mondesi said Thursday.
    According to Braves spokesman Brad Hainje, assistant general manager Frank Wren said the team could not confirm an agreement with Mondesi has been reached.
    ''We don't have any news on Mondesi,'' Hainje said. ''There are a number of players we're talking to. I don't know if Mondesi is one of them.
    ''He has not signed with us, and we don't have plans for an announcement today.''
    Mondesi said he chose Atlanta over Baltimore because the Braves offered him the starting right field position. That spot opened when J.D. Drew signed a $55 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    ''The Orioles offered more money, but they didn't guarantee a regular spot on the team,'' Mondesi said. ''I'm still a young man that can do many things on the field.
    Mondesi, 33, hit .241 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 34 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Anaheim Angels last season, when he was shadowed by off the field trouble.
  • DEVIL RAYS: Free agent outfielder Danny Bautista agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday.
    A .272 career hitter, Bautista spent the past 4 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit .286 with 27 doubles, 11 homers and 65 RBIs in 141 games in 2004.
    In 11 seasons with Detroit, Atlanta, Florida and Arizona, the 32-year-old has 62 homers and 319 RBIs in 895 games.
    Bautista batted .583 in the Diamondbacks' World Series victory over the Yankees in 2001. He also appeared in the postseason with the Braves in 1997 and 1998.

    No. 1 Saints move up in national rankings

  • The Santa Fe CC men's basketball team (18-0) remained the state's No. 1 ranked team in the latest Florida Community College Activities Association poll and moved up to No. 8 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll.
    SFCC was a unanimous selection for top team in the state and received one first-place vote in the national poll.
    The national ranking is the second highest ever for the program and the Saints 18-game winning streak is closing in on the mark of 21 straight set in 1995-96. That squad began the season with a 21-0 record and reached a No. 6 national ranking.
    The Saints return to action Saturday when SFCC hosts Florida CC-Jacksonville for a doubleheader at the SFCC gym. The women begin play at 2 p.m. and the men follow at 4 p.m.
    Admission is $2 for the general public and $1 for senior citizens and children under 12. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free with a valid ID.

    Crimson Tide loses QB to baseball team

    Crimson Tide loses QB to baseball team
  • TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama quarterback Spencer Pennington is leaving the team to focus on baseball.
    Pennington, the team's No. 3 quarterback at the start of the season, started the final seven games after starter Brodie Croyle and backup Marc Guillon were injured.
    ''We went our separate ways, but in a positive manner,'' Pennington said Wednesday. ''They were very supportive.''
    Pennington, a first baseman-outfielder, was redshirted in baseball last season after separating his throwing shoulder and has three years of eligibility left. He turned down a six-figure signing bonus after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs.
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