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Sheffield miffed at reported trade rumors

BALTIMORE -- Gary Sheffield has no intention of leaving the
New York Yankees, and manager Joe Torre said Wednesday that the
team rejected a possible trade with the New York Mets involving the
outfielder.

Sheffield reacted emotionally when asked to comment on a story
in the New York Post, which said the Yankees have held preliminary
talks on a trade involving Sheffield and Mets outfielder Mike
Cameron.

"I can't sit here and blame the Yankees for other teams wanting
me, so let's clear that up,'' Sheffield said. "I understand that.
But I'm just letting you know if it happens, it becomes personal
and I'm not going to accept this because of the concessions I
made.''

Sheffield signed as a free agent in December 2003. He has become
accustomed to playing with New York and said Wednesday that he
doesn't want to drive to any ballpark but Yankee Stadium.

But he does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, and
that's one reason why he was surrounded at his locker before the
Yankees and Baltimore Orioles were rained out.

"All this is is talk, so since it's talk, I'm going to talk and
that's all I'm doing,'' he said. "The media's just running their
mouth, and I'm just running mine.''

The struggling Yankees might make deals before the July 31
non-waiver trade deadline, but Torre said it won't be the one
involving Sheffield and Cameron.

"I talked to him, I guess after you guys talked to him. I just
wanted to let him know that we turned down any inquiry about him
from the Mets,'' Torre said. "We said, 'No, thank you.' I just
wanted to tell him what [Yankees general manager Brian] Cashman
told me.''

Mets general manager Omar Minaya wouldn't comment on any talks
with the Yankees.

"I think Cam has done a great job in right field. We're very
happy with Mike Cameron,'' Minaya said. "He's part of our team. I
want to say, he's part of our core.''

Cameron also didn't want to discuss the situation.

"Don't ask me about no trade because I don't know nothing about
it,'' he said.

Meanwhile, the Yankees recalled right-hander Jason Anderson from
Triple-A Columbus and optioned outfielder Kevin Reese to the
Clippers.

Anderson wasn't told how he will be used, but said, "I'm not
really worried about it. I'm just glad I'm here. I'll take it day
by day and get myself ready as much as I can. The [bullpen] phone
will ring eventually and I just want to make sure I'm ready for
whatever situation it is.''

Anderson was 4-1 with a 2.85 ERA with Columbus this season. This
will be his second stint with the Yankees; he played with them in
2003 before pitching for the Mets later that season and for
Cleveland last year.