Wow, either you're memory is as bad as you say, or you don't follow the Pirates at all.
I don't follow the Pirates anymore, but what Mondesi did was one of the most unethical moves I've seen pulled by a player to get out of a contract.
Raul Mondesi signed a 1.5 million one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in February 2003.
In May of 2003, Mondesi left the Pirates stating that he was fearful for his family's safety and couldn't concentrate on Baseball as he fought a lawsuit by former major leaguer Mario Guerrero, who says Mondesi promised him 1 percent of his major league earnings for helping develop his skills. However, Mondesi told several newspapers that he left the Pirates because he was unhappy with his contract.
In any event, the Pirates placed Mondesi on the major league baseballÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s restricted list and terminated Mondesi contract cited breach of contract ending all dealings.
In May 2004 Mondesi, who claimed to be focused, immediately signed a one-year deal with the Angels.
After Mondy was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a torn right quadriceps muscle, he began failing to perform prescribed rehabilitation work on several occasions. After ignoring repeated warnings that included a suspension (June 19-21), the Angels terminated MondesiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contract.