Nov. 29, 2003
SportsLine.com staff and wire reports
Now that their hated rivals from Boston have traded for Curt Schilling, it might not be long before the Yankees strike back in a big way.
Free agent Gary Sheffield will be in pinstripes soon, Newsday and the Record (Bergen County, N.J.) reported in their Saturday editions. According to the newspapers, the Yankees have reached an agreement in principle with the seven-time All-Star rightfielder.
Sources told Newsday the three-year agreement will pay Sheffieled between $38 million and $40 million and features a team option for a fourth year.
Sheffield, who turned 35 two weeks ago, hit .330 with 39 homers, 132 RBI and 18 stolen bases this season with the Braves.
The Yankees are also hoping to re-sign free agent Andy Pettitte. Free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon and the Expos' Javier Vazquez are on their wish list as well.