TORONTO (AP) _ Raul Mondesi wanted out of Los Angeles, and former Blue Jays center fielder Devon White gave him some advice.

``Devon told me: `Go to Toronto. It's a great city. You'll love it there,' '' Mondesi said Wednesday, 10 days after he was traded to Toronto for Shawn Green.

``They all told me: `If you're going to be traded, go to Toronto,''' said Mondesi, who lists former Blue Jays slugger George Bell as his boyhood hero.

Mondesi, 28, says he's determined to erase the memories of 1999, a season in which he slumped to a .253 average with 33 homers and 99 RBIs.

``He has the ability, in our estimation, to be a 40-40 man,'' Toronto general manager Gord Ash.

Mondesi blamed last season's slump to numerous distractions and his unhappiness with the Dodgers, who finished 77-85, 23 games behind Arizona in the NL West, despite baseball's fourth-highest payroll at $76.6 million.

``I think, if I don't have any problems and my mind is clear, I'm going to have a great year,'' Mondesi said.

Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi, who said Mondesi will hit third in the ad play in right field, says Toronto was fortunate to acquire him.

``I think there's a lot of misconceptions,'' said Fregosi, who flew in from Florida for the day. ``Shawn Green didn't want to come back. Under the circumstances, we brought back a great player. It would be awfully nice to have Carlos Delgado hitting fourth and Raul third.''

Ash said discussions are continuing with Delgado, eligible for free agency after next season.

``We're working our way through some issues _ there's a way to go yet _ but we're heading into the right direction,'' said Ash, whose $50 million, five-year offer to Delgado was rejected.