Yankees OF Gary Sheffield has no intention of leaving the team, and Manager Joe Torre said yesterday 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 OF 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 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 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.' "
Mets General Manager Omar Minaya wouldn't comment on any talks with the Yankees.
* BARELY BREAKING EVEN: The good news for the Twins is the June portion of the schedule is over.
It was not a good month.
"We've got to get out of the rut we're in . . . the sooner the better," Minnesota RHP Brad Radke said after a 3-1 loss to visiting Kansas City last night.
A flip of the calendar might be just what Minnesota needs.
The loss to the Royals, who have the majors' worst record (26-51), left the Twins 13-13 for June.
* A BOON(E) TO WAKEFIELD: Homers helped Boston RHP Tim Wakefield against Cleveland IF Aaron Boone's team instead of hurting him.
The Red Sox hit consecutive homers as part of a 5-2 win. It marked the first time that Wakefield had faced Boone since the seventh game of the 2003 ALCS, in which Boone's 11th-inning homer off Wakefield sent the Yankees to the World Series.
Wakefield said he had no extra motivation to retire Boone, who went 0 for 3 against him with two flyouts and a groundout.
Boone said he also did not think much of the ALCS. Though Boston must've thought of him.
On Monday, he was hit in the shoulder and face by a pitch from RHP Bronson Arroyo.
-- From News Services