Accoring to the New York Times, free agent right-fielder Gary Sheffield has dropped his demands for the Yankees to improve on their three-year, $39 million contract offer. He informed George Steinbrenner of his decision through an intermediary on Friday evening.
There was speculation that the organization would turn and look to fill the hole elsewhere, with names such as a Valdimir Guerrero coming up. Yet, many inside baseball felt that the solution would indeed end up being Sheffield.
It is worth noting, though, that the Yankees have yet to recieve a signed contract from the outfielder.
Sheffield, 35, hit .330 with 39 homers and 132 RBIs for Atlanta in 2003. In sixteen major league seasons, he owns a .299 career average with 379 homeruns and 1232 RBIs in stints with the Brewers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, and Braves.