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Wednesday, October 17
Updated: October 20, 5:04 PM ET
 
MLB investigates Vaughn's comments on Red Sox

ESPN.com news services

Mo Vaughn might be in hot water for his recent comments concerning his former team, the Boston Red Sox.

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Vaughn recently said he welcomed a return to Boston, where he spent six seasons before signing a lucrative free-agent contract with the Anaheim Angels. Vaughn, who missed the entire 2001 season with an injury, is still under contract with the Angels.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that Major League Baseball is investigating whether Vaughn violated any tampering rules.

"Generally speaking, the tampering rules prohibit a team from publicly discussing the possible acquisition of a player under contract to another team," Sandy Alderson, baseball's executive vice president of operations, told the Times. "They also prohibit an individual player who is under contract to a team from publicly discussing his possible acquisition by another team or from publicly attempting to promote his acquisition by another team. Players are advised annually of the rules. I don't think any confusion exists."

Adam Katz, one of Vaughn's agents, told the newspaper he was unaware of the investigation. "Mo is a very bright and candid guy," Katz told the Times. "To make an obtuse and general comment about the end of his career and have anyone construe it as tampering is simply silly."

Vaughn spoke about a possible future with the Red Sox with a Boston radio station.

"I'm employed with the Anaheim Angels," Vaughn said on WEEI-AM on Tuesday. "But let's just be straight: If I had the opportunity to come back to Boston, I would."

Vaughn left Boston as a free agent in 1998 after a falling out with general manager Dan Duquette.

When told of Vaughn's comments, Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said: "Certainly, it's a concern when a player is talking about playing elsewhere. Obviously, we'll be talking to Mo about this. Right now we're more interested in how he's doing in his rehab program and coming to spring training in first-class shape."

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said Vaughn's remarks "certainly run contrary to the inaccurate belief that players don't want to play in Boston. It's always nice to hear."

The 33-year-old Vaughn, the AL MVP in 1995, thinks he could bring leadership to the Red Sox.

"Me being here is what I think is right, what I think could be done," Vaughn said. "And it has nothing to do with Dan Duquette or John Harrington. It has to do with playing baseball in Fenway Park, with those fans, in that clubhouse."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.






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