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Mo intrigue

Mets, Angels working on possible Vaughn trade

Posted: Saturday December 22, 2001 12:09 AM
  Mo Vaughn and Bobby Valentine Mo Vaughn and Bobby Valentine may spend more time together at Shea Stadium next season. Al Bello/Allsport

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets admit they want Mo Vaughn. The Anaheim Angels admit they're talking to New York about dealing the oft-injured first baseman.

Steve Phillips even admits the Mets traveled to the Boston area to view the object of their desire.

Only, there's still no deal to bring the power hitter to New York.

"We're continuing to talk to the Angels. It's not appropriate to talk about details. Nothing is imminent," the Mets general manager said Friday. "It could happen today. It could happen a week from now. I don't know everybody's plans, and I don't know how discussions will go."

Phillips admitted a three-way trade is a possibility. In a possibility involving Los Angeles, outfielder Marquis Grissom, pitcher Kevin Appier and pitcher Matt Herges would wind up with the Angels, and pitcher Troy Percival and infielder Lenny Harris would go to the Dodgers. The Mets also were dangling first baseman Todd Zeile.

"There have been discussions. We've talked with the Mets," Angels spokesman Tim Mead said. "Those discussions are among several we've had involving personnel with different clubs. The process continues. The Mets asked for our permission to watch Mo work out recently and that request was granted."

Vaughn 34, didn't play last season following surgery to repair a ruptured biceps tendon in his left arm last February.

After leaving Boston to sign with the Angels, he hit .281 with 33 homers and 108 RBIs in 1999 despite missing 23 games and being slowed by a sprained ankle, an injury sustained on Opening Day. He hit .272 with 36 homers and 117 RBIs in 2000.

Vaughn, the 1995 American League Most Valuable Player, has a career average of .298 with 299 homers and 977 RBIs. He would join a retooled lineup boosted by last week's acquisition of All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar.

Anaheim's deal with Vaughn calls for him to be paid $50 million over the final three years.

"We've had no discussions about anyone's contract," Phillips said.

If the Mets acquire Vaughn, it would end for now the possibility of moving catcher Mike Piazza to first base,

"There are no limitations," Phillips said. "He can catch for five years if that's what he wants to do."


 

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