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November 7, 2006

NY Times: Yankees Pick Up the Option on Sheffield
by SG

Gary Sheffield reported to spring training in February eager for the Yankees to exercise his $13 million option for 2007. General Manager Brian Cashman told Sheffield he expected to do so, and yesterday, he did.

The circumstances are different now, because the Yankees have Bobby Abreu to play right field. They have not ruled out bringing Sheffield back as a first baseman, but their preference is still to trade him. For all his bluster in recent weeks, Sheffield will report to whatever team ends up with him and play hard, his agent said.

The rumor mill has been pretty vague so far regarding a Sheffield trade, with the only known trade offer made by Baltimore (Kris Benson and a reliever). Thankfully that was turned down.

Also in this article is the story that Mike Mussina and the Yankees are close to agreeing on a two year, $21-23 million contract. Sounds like a good idea to me.