Thursday, April 10, 2003

Vaughn signs with Rockies

Reliever Rocker works out for Rays

The Associated Press

DENVER - Outfielder Greg Vaughn agreed to terms Wednesday with the Colorado Rockies on a minor-league contract.

The 37-year-old Vaughn, who played 13 years in the major leagues, has a .242 career average with 352 home runs and 1,067 RBI. Only 10 other active players have hit more homers.

Vaughn, who will report to Triple-A Colorado Springs, had his most productive season in 1998 with the San Diego Padres. He had 50 homers and 119 RBI and was the NL's Comeback Player of the Year.

He hit 45 homers the following season with Cincinnati.

DEVIL RAYS: John Rocker wants back into baseball and could find a new home with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The former Atlanta, Cleveland and Texas reliever worked out Wednesday at Tropicana Field and was impressive enough that Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella feels it would be worth signing Rocker to a minor-league contract and give him a chance to work up to the majors again.

"He's chomping at the bit to get back in baseball and get back to the big leagues," Piniella said, adding that Rocker would be assigned to Triple-A Durham if he does sign with Tampa. "I think it would be a good gamble."

BRAVES: Pitcher Paul Byrd will have surgery this week to remove a bone spur from the back of his right elbow, and it was not known when he would return to the Braves' rotation. Byrd, was a 17-game winner with Kansas City last year.

ANGELS: Second baseman Adam Kennedy went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

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