Angel first baseman Mo Vaughn, under investigation for tampering after expressing a strong desire to return to the Red Sox, has fired long-time agent Tom Reich and retained agent Jeff Moorad, another indication Vaughn is trying to orchestrate a trade out of Anaheim.
Moorad was the agent who engineered the late-1999 deal that moved one of his clients, disgruntled outfielder Raul Mondesi, from the Dodgers to the Toronto Blue Jays for another of his clients, outfielder Shawn Green.
Then-Blue Jay General Manager Gord Ash initially balked at the trade because he didn't believe he would be getting equal value for Green, but Moorad helped convince Ash that Mondesi was a comparable player.
Moorad also got Toronto to exercise the final two option years of Mondesi's contract, a move that appeased Mondesi. Moorad then got Dodger Chairman Bob Daly to agree to include a no-trade clause in Green's six-year, $84-million deal with the Dodgers.