SHEFFIELD SPOUTS OFF–AGAIN
You won’t find many players better than Gary Sheffield over the last 20 years. You also won’t find many with bigger mouths. Never one to shy away from his true thoughts, Sheffield dropped some more opinion recently.
Sheffield told the New York Daily News that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner wants the slugger in the Bronx, “But when you have middle men blocking him and don’t let you do certain things and get in the way, they let their personal feelings get in the way.”
Asked if he was referring to Cashman, the slugger retorted “You know who the middle man is; you talk to him every day.”
He also said that if the Yankees let him go they’d regret it when they faced him down the road.
“Everyone knows when I go to another team I’m going to come back looking for you.”
The enmity stems from the Yankees picking up the slugger’s $13 million option on Sunday in hopes of dealing him in the offseason.
Sheffield also had some thoughts on Bobby Abreu, who replaced him in the outfield after a midseason trade from Philadelphia.
“He’s a good player, but you can draw it up any kind of way, he ain’t me,” Sheffield told the paper.
I think one of the compelling issues of the hot stove season will be where Sheffield ends up and what Cashman gets for him. Shef might have just lowered the price.