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Gary Sheffield

Can Yankees' fans stop pretending the Yankees will pick-up Gary Sheffield's one-year $13 million option and play him at 1B with Matsui/Damon/Abreu across the OF from left to right?

Today's news on Sheffield gets his opinion:

Gary Sheffield was told yesterday that the Yankees will pick up his $13 million option for next season, according to a published report.

Sheffield said he was hoping to test the free-agent market and get another three-year contract, USA Today said in a story on its Web site.

"This will not work, this will not work at all," Sheffield said. "I don't want to play first base a year for them. I will not do that.

"I don't know what they're [Yankees] going to do," Sheffield said. "Maybe they picked it up just to trade me. If they do that, if I just go to a team for one year, there's going to be a problem."

I never thought he would allow the Yankees to do this.  What surprised me was the laziness of those who even conjectured otherwise.

Sheffield said he wanted a three-year deal in August, and Sheffield was complaining in Spring Training about the Yankees not picking-up the aforementioned $13 million option.

Why did any reporter think Sheffield wouldn't, at a minimum, complain next spring about signing a multi-year extension?

Sheff isn't going to go peacefully into a situation where the Yanks pick-up the option and try to trade him - as was reported yesterday.