Thursday, August 03, 2006

Gary Sheffield Eyed as Potential First Baseman

Yankees manager Joe Torre has reported that injured right fielder Gary Sheffield, a former shortstop and third baseman, may see time at first base. Sheffield, who injured his wrist in a baserunning collision, may return from the disabled list in September. While his agent since spring has pressured the team to pick up Sheffield's $11 million option, GM Brian Cashman has refused to do so. Cashman has not ruled out re-signing, Sheffield, however, even though the team has acquired former Phillies right fielder Bobby Abreu, and has him under contract for the this and the following year, with an option on a third year. Cashman considers Sheffield and Abreu equals in terms of productivity.