Shawn Green was traded from Toronto to Los Angeles today as part of a four-man deal, agreeing to an $84 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers.
Disgruntled outfielder Raul Mondesi goes to Toronto along with pitcher Pedro Borbon, and minor league second baseman Jorge Nunez goes to Los Angeles.
Green's average salary of $14 million per season is the second-highest in baseball history, trailing the $15 million earned by his new teammate, pitcher Kevin Brown, in a $105 million, seven-year contract he agreed to with the Dodgers in December.
It's the fourth-highest package in baseball, trailing only Brown, New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza ($91 million for seven years) and New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams ($87.5 million for seven years).
Mondesi had asked the Dodgers to trade him last season. The Dodgers and Blue Jays agreed to the tentative deal Friday night, and Los Angeles was given 72 hours by the commissioner's office to work out a contract with Green.
"Shawn Green has a chance to come home to Southern California, where he went to school and spent much of his youth," said Jeff Moorad, the agent for Green and Mondesi. "Raul Mondesi gets a chance for a new start in Toronto."
Green, an outfielder who turns 27 Wednesday, made $2.9 million last season, when he hit .309 with 42 homers and 123 RBI. He was eligible for free agency after next season and had turned down a $45 million, five-year offer by Toronto.
He gets a $4 million signing bonus, $8.75 million in 2000, $11.5 million in 2001, $12.75 million in 2002, $15 million in 2003 and $16 million in each of the final two years.
As part of the deal, Moorad said Green will donate $250,000 each year to the Dodgers' Dreams Foundation, which refurbishes youth ballparks in the Los Angeles area.
Mondesi, who hit .253 with 33 homers and 99 RBI, had two years remaining on a $36 million, four-year contract. As part of the trade, the Blue Jays exercised two option years, making it a $60 million, six-year deal with $44.5 million remaining over four seasons.