Gary Sheffield spoke with reporters yesterday and made it crystal clear that he would make life exceedingly hard for any team the Yankees traded him to. According to Jack Curry in the New York Times:
"I would never sit out," Sheffield said. "I would go play for them. It doesn't mean I'm going to be happy playing there. And if I'm unhappy, you don't want me on your team. It's just that simple. I'll make that known to anyone."
..."If I'm not happy, you don't want me on your team, period," Sheffield said. "That's just the way it goes. That's life. I have to deal with what they dish out, they got to deal with what I dish out, period. That's just the way it's going to be."
Joe Torre later told Sheffield that the Yanks have no desire to persue a deal with the Mets. "The Yankees would never just give up Gary Sheffield," is how one American League executive phrased it to Curry. To hear a full audio clip of Sheff's rant, head on over to Matt Cerrone's outstanding Metsblog.com and peep the mp3. Personally, I think his spiel was amusing. I've enjoyed Sheffiled a lot since he's been in the Bronx. He's been a terrific player, and don't blame him for not wanting to leave. Mike Vaccaro put it well in the Post today:
Sheffield is arrogant, he's moody, he's tempermental--but he's smart as hell. You bet he wanted to kill this deal as quickly as he could.
You could also add that he's a great player and a future Hall of Famer to boot. And in case you missed it, be sure and check out Jay Jaffe's excellent three-part history of Sheff (one, two and three) over at The Futility Infielder.
Kicked to the Curb
The Post reports that the Yankees have released relievers Paul Quantrill and Mike Stanton. Both seemed like good guys, but neither was especially effective this year.
If Yankees general manager Brian Cashman can't find takers for the two pitchers by tomorrow, he'll have to designate them for assignment. Stanton has a no-trade clause, so he can dictate his destination. To have any chance of dealing either pitcher, the Yankees will likely have to pay what's left of their salaries. Stanton, who makes $4 million this season, has a 1-2 record and 7.07 ERA, and Quantrill, who makes $3 million, is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA.