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Happy union turns sour

Originally Published: December 10, 2003
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- There once was a time when the Yankees eagerly highlighted Dec. 7 on the calendar, making it the landmark to finally unveil Gary Sheffield's three-year, $39 million contract. As soon as the Braves declined to offer the right fielder salary arbitration, the marriage between Sheffield and the Pinstripes -- not to mention George Steinbrenner's cash -- would be official.

But Sunday's deadline came and went, the Braves never lifted a finger to keep Sheffield -- and the deal ...

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