|Friday, November 1
Updated: November 2, 3:43 AM ET
Owner tells Vaughn to get in shape ... or else
ESPN.com news services
Fred Wilpon set a clear message to Mo Vaughn: Lose weight, or else.
The Mets owner threatened to terminate the first baseman's remaining two-year, $32 million contract if Vaughn does not drop pounds before spring training, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Friday.
According to officials familiar to the situation, Wilpon delivered the message at a season-end meeting with Mets general manager Steve Phillips and former manager Bobby Valentine.
Vaughn did not comment on the meeting, but the newspaper reported that he is currently training in Columbus, Ohio, with a physician, nutritionist and a Mets-selected personal trainer.
Citing sources close to Wilpon, the Star-Ledger also reported that Vaughn has a clause in his contract that states the first baseman is obligated to stay in shape, with the standard stating Vaughn agreed "to keep himself in first class physical condition and to obey the club's training rules."
Vaughn was listed at 275 pounds in last season's Mets media guide. He hit .259 and posted 26 homers and 72 RBI along with 145 times in 487 at-bats. Wilpon reportedly noticed how Vaughn's lack of conditioning affected his performance on the field as the first baseman made a career-high 18 errors.