Gary Sheffield reportedly has accepted terms of a three-year contract offer from the New York Yankees, who are trying to answer their archrival's acquisition of Curt Schilling.
According to ESPN, Sheffield did not finalize details of the contract with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who was at a Tampa hospital with longtime Yankees assistant Billy Connors.
ESPN also reports that Sheffield told friends the "deal is done." It would be a three-year offer between $36 million and $38 million, ESPN said, citing "sources close to" Sheffield.
Sheffield, the nephew of former Yankees righthander Dwight Gooden, would provide immediate production in the middle of the order. The 35-year-old hit .330 with 39 homers and 132 RBIs for Atlanta last season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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