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Team faces penalty if it saw medical report

When it comes to the New York Mets and Vladimir Guerrero, the news just keeps getting worse.

First, the right fielder chose the Anaheim Angels over the Mets. Now, the Players Association may file a grievance regarding the team's conduct during Guerrero's medical evaluation, the New York Post reported Friday.

According to the paper, the Players Association is questioning whether the Mets reviewed Guerrero's medical records during the team's negotiations for the slugger, which would be a violation of the collective bargaining agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, teams are not allowed to share medical records without a player's consent, unless it is a trade situation, which free agency is not.

"At this point, we've asked the commissioner's office to look into the matter for us," Bob Lenaghan, the association's assistant general counsel, told the paper. "We've made an information request of sorts."

In a Saturday press conference, Mets' general manager Jim Duquette said the team's concerns about Guerrero's health were among the reasons for the Mets' proposal of a guaranteed three years at $30 million, with incentives that could have totaled five years and $71 million, the Post reported.

When asked if the Mets had seen reports from back specialist Dr. Barth Green, who had examined Guerrero, Duquette answered, "We were able to see that and have discussions with the doctors."

The collective bargaining agreement allows the Mets to speak with Green, but prevents New York from viewing Guerrero's medical records without the player's permission.

Duquette has since clarified the response given Saturday, telling the Post, "The doctors did not review any medical reports. If I said that, I misspoke."

If the Players Association accepts Duquette's explanation that he misspoke, a grievance would not be filed. But if it is believed the Mets viewed the reports and violated Guerrero's rights, the association could go forward with the grievance.

It is not yet known when the commissioner's office will rule on the Players Association's request, but the association could file the grievance regardless of the decision from the commissioner's office.

The Mets declined to comment on the situation Thursday, the paper reported.

Guerrero, who signed a five-year deal worth a guaranteed $70 million with Anaheim earlier this week, has since passed that team's physical.