Why? This almost makes Brian Jordan look good.
Mondesi was actually semi-useful in 2003, putting up a .272/.343/.484 line between Arizona and the Yankees. My suspicion was that he’d fattened up on lefties, but he actually hit better (less power, but much more BA/OBA) against righties that year. He was a lot better in his home parks, but since it was mostly Yankee Stadium, a pitcher’s park, I don’t really count that.
On the other hand, he was terrible last season, then went nuts or something. I’m still not really clear what happened, and I’ve forgotten most of it, but he pissed off two teams and didn’t play in the second half. And in 2002, he sucked, and he’s “34” now.
The Braves have reportedly given him right field. He can throw still, but he’s slowed down a lot over the last few years. It’s possible he’ll give them the old Brian Jordan level of production, but I wouldn’t take this bozo on a bet. At least he’s cheap — one year, $1 million with incentives.
UPDATE: Now Frank Wren says that it’s not true, that they’ve talked to some guys which might include Mondesi but he hasn’t been signed. Remember, Mondesi makes things up.
Frankly, it’s hard to see the Braves signing such a headcase.