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Darryl Strawberry

Ex-Wife Loses $800,000 Dogfight

Over Darryl's Mets Money

1/4/2012 2:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Darryl and Charisse Strawberry
Darryl Strawberry's ex-wife just suffered a massive setback in court -- after a judge ordered she can't touch $800,000 in Mets money Darryl earned in the 80s ... until the IRS gets its cut.

According to court docs, Darryl has an arrangement with the Mets, in which the ball club pays him $8,891 a month as delayed compensation for his time with the team.

According to the docs, Strawberry had earmarked $800,000 of the money specifically for his ex Charisse Strawberry as part of their divorce settlement agreement. But turns out, Darryl also allegedly owes the IRS $472,086, which creates a big problem ... who gets paid first?

Charisse had sued Darryl and the Mets earlier last year, demanding they fork over the $800,000 -- but the Mets refused, insisting its hands were tied ... because when it comes to debtors, the IRS always gets its money before anyone else.

Charisse and the Mets finally agreed last month to let the IRS take its cut first -- but since the Mets are only doling out $8,891 a month in Darryl's name ... it'll be at least until 2016 before Charisse sees a penny.

What's more -- it's unclear how much the Mets owe Darryl in total ... so it's possible Charisse will ultimately end up with a fraction of what Darryl promised to pay her. Calls to Darryl and his wife were not returned.

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