DODGERS NOTEBOOK: SHEFFIELD'S CONCESSION COULD FACILITATE A TRADE MOVE SHOULD GIVE DODGERS MORE NEGOTIATING LEVERAGE.
Byline: Brian Dohn Staff Writer
VERO BEACH Vero Beach (vēr`o), city (1990 pop. 17,350), seat of Indian River co., E Fla., on Indian River (a lagoon and part of the Intracoastal Waterway); founded c.1888, inc. 1919. , Fla. - During a pre-workout meeting in the corner of the clubhouse, embattled left fielder Gary Sheffield
Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968 in Tampa, Florida) is a Major League Baseball designated hitter and outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. finally gave the Dodgers some leverage.
Sheffield said his preference remains to be traded to the Yankees, Mets or Atlanta Braves The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. From to the present, the Braves have played in Turner Field. , but he told general manager Kevin Malone
Kevin Malone is a fictional character from the US television series, The Office. He is played by Brian Baumgartner. he'll consider waiving his right to demand a trade next offseason if he's sent to one of six other teams.
``Right now, everybody always asks me, do you have to go to a winning team?'' Sheffield said Wednesday. ``Not necessarily. I just want to find the best situation for Gary Sheffield. It's one of those situations where if I'm in a good situation ... eventually I think if I'm on a team, I'll help that team get better.
Sheffield broached the subject of teams besides the Mets, Yankees and Braves earlier in the week when he said he would consider playing for Cincinnati, Texas or the Chicago Cubs. Sheffield added St. Louis, Kansas City Kansas City, two adjacent cities of the same name, one (1990 pop. 149,767), seat of Wyandotte co., NE Kansas (inc. 1859), the other (1990 pop. 435,146), Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties, NW Mo. (inc. 1850). and Tampa Bay Tampa Bay, inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, 25 mi (40 km) long and 7 to 12 mi (11.3–19 km) wide, W Fla., separated from the Gulf by numerous small islands; it receives the Hillsborough River. St. to those three teams, a source said, giving him nine total.
``The situation has to be right,'' Sheffield said. ``If I go to those teams, I can demand a trade after the end of the year, and I want to know where their head is at, and that way they can know where my head is at.''
Though Malone has little leverage, he acknowledged Sheffield's potential willingness to add teams could help in getting a deal done. And the Dodgers have another piece of leverage, though it's deep-rooted.
As a player traded in the middle of a multiyear deal, Sheffield can demand a trade in his first offseason with his new club. However, if Sheffield requests a trade from his new team (providing the Dodgers trade him) and is dealt, he loses two years of free agency after his contract expires in 2004. Instead, he'd be eligible for salary arbitration. He wouldn't be a free agent again until after the 2006 season, when he's 37.
``The more teams that are involved, the better options we should have,'' Malone said. ``I think with the increased interest, we'll see increased and improved and hopefully satisfactory offers.''
Cincinnati general manager Jim Bowden James Gordon Bowden III (born in Boston, Massachusetts) is the general manager of the Washington Nationals.
Bowden was born in Boston and raised in Weston, Massachusetts. was the first to call when news of Sheffield's plight broke Feb. 18, and he spoke with Malone again this week. The Reds, originally on Sheffield's no-trade list, talked about including Pokey Reese
By adding Tampa Bay to his ``maybe'' list, Sheffield, who lives in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, could facilitate a trade for Devil Rays left fielder Greg Vaughn
``I doubt very little I wouldn't like what they had to say,'' said Sheffield, who said a contract extension is not a prerequisite for a deal. ``If I go to those teams, they would tell me if I'm going to be there three years or going to be there longer. I would know that going in, so I'd be prepared for that.''
Ideally, Sheffield wants to play for the Mets, Yankees or Braves, and he'll waive his right to demand a trade for those team. But this soap opera has taken its toll on him.
Sheffield, who previously said Dodgers chairman Bob Daly lied about the saga, said he forgave for·gave
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the past tense of forgive
forgave forgive him. However, Sheffield is 0 for 7 in three spring games and said the ordeal is weighing on him.
``I'm upbeat until I have to go on the field,'' Sheffield said. ``I really have to put all that behind me where I can really think about what I'm doing out on the field. I haven't been able to do that yet, but eventually I will. It's just like going through getting a new contract. You're a little tense at first, but after you get that first hit, it's an uphill battle.''
And teams aren't clamoring to give the Dodgers a deal Malone finds fair. He's been rebuffed in requests for Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones and Bernie Williams, and the list is growing.
For now, Mets general manager Steve Phillips has pulled outfielder Jay Payton off the list of players he's willing to package to the Dodgers for Sheffield, baseball officials said.
Asked about Payton being pulled back, Sheffield joked, ``That just tells me I'm a bad player.''
--Odds and ends: The Dodgers are trying to finalize the deferred payment for Marquis Grissom, but they haven't agreed on a figure. It will be at least $2.5 million (he's owed $10 million over the next two seasons).
DODGERS vs. MONTREAL
Time: 10:05 a.m., at Roger Dean Stadium Roger Dean Stadium is a baseball field located in a shopping district called Abacoa, which is in Jupiter, Florida. The stadium was built in 1998 and holds 7,200 people. , Jupiter, Fla.
Radio: 1150-AM (tape delay at 5:05 p.m.)
Matchup: Dodgers ace Kevin Brown makes the 70-mile trek south to face the Expos. He pitched two scoreless innings in his first outing. RH Hideki Irabu starts for Montreal.
Wednesday's result: Dodgers right-hander Ramon Martinez allowed three runs in three shaky innings as the Florida Marlins won 4-2 at Holman Stadium.
Photo: Dodgers outfielders Brent Cookson, left, and Gary Sheffield jog during morning workouts at Vero Beach. Sheffield said he might drop certain demands if he's traded to a team on his OK list.
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Box: DODGERS vs. MONTREAL (see text)