Yankee contends he owes former agent nothing

Updated: July 1, 2004, 12:16 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Gary Sheffield contends Scott Boras, his former agent, has no right to a percentage of the salary he's earning with the New York Yankees.

Sheffield: Postseason surgery needed
Gary Sheffield said he believes his injured left shoulder will be operated on this coming offseason.

"I am going to need surgery after the season," Sheffield told the New York Post. "This isn't bursitis. This feels like something worse."

Sheffield missed three games in Baltimore last week after receiving a cortisone shot June 21. He returned for the three games against the Mets (3-for-8, two homers, four RBI) but was still in so much discomfort that he asked for a second cortisone shot Sunday night. The Yankees' medical staff turned him down.

Players typically are given no more than three shots during the six-month season.

"Whether that's the case, I'll find out in the offseason. I don't want to know now," he said. "If I can't hurt it any worse, I'll just play with it. I don't know how I'm doing it, I'm just grinding it out. I just want the guy that plays next to me to know that I'm accountable."

Sheffield has been getting treatment on the shoulder. He had a huge ice pack on it before the game.

"I've never considered sitting out of the lineup. They pay me to play, not to sit here and watch," he said.

Sheffield hit a three-run homer Tuesday in the Yankees' series opener against Boston, then hit a tie-breaking double in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 victory.
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Boras filed paperwork requesting 5 percent of the $39 million, three-year contract Sheffield signed with the Yankees during the offseason, the New York Post reported. Boras said Sheffield agreed to let him represent the outfielder when his last contract with Atlanta ran out, the newspaper said.

Sheffield disagrees, saying he negotiated his current deal with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner himself. And the slugger said he hired a lawyer to file a grievance on his behalf.

"He feels like he's [entitled] to the contract that I did myself, like he assisted me, even though he didn't have anything to do with it," Sheffield said Wednesday, referring to Boras.

"If he didn't do it, why should he get a percentage? He didn't play any part of me getting traded, he didn't play any part in me getting my option year taken off, and he definitely didn't play any part in me sitting down with George and doing this deal."

Boras denied Sheffield's allegations.

"There is a resolution process when player and agent disputes arise in which we submitted a claim," Boras said. "This process is something that will take place outside of the season and we trust the focus should remain on the season, the performance of the team and a player's own performance. It's unfortunate baseless allegations regarding these matters are discussed during a baseball season."

Sheffield thinks his problems with Boras cost him a longer contract when he became a free agent after last season.

"Can you explain why [Miguel] Tejada gets six years, [Vladimir] Guerrero gets five years and I get three? He cost me two years of a contract because he was trying to tarnish my name," Sheffield said. "The whole year in Atlanta, I had to get the players' association to stop him from writing me threatening letters saying, 'Either you let me do your contract or I'll be forced to sue you.' That's a threat and harassment. ... A lot of organizations didn't want to talk to him or deal with him. I wasn't going to let him cost me a contract like he did [Greg] Maddux and all those guys in college. I wasn't going to let him dictate my future.

"He wants me to pay his lawyer fees. He didn't get enough money (from his contract) for Alex Rodriguez?"


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