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Yankee contends he owes former agent nothing

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.

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?"