General manager Brian Cashman met with rightfielder Gary Sheffield Friday after Sheffield - upset at ESPN's portrayal of Tuesday's meeting between the two regarding his 2007 option - lashed out.
Sheffield said it was probably a good thing Cashman got to him "before I blew a gasket. It helped."
Said Cashman: "We had a good conversation and I walked out of that feeling good like I did (Tuesday)."
At about 1 p.m. Friday, Sheffield seemed to use threats to lobby for the team to pick up his $13-million option.
"I look at it like there's plenty other teams out there that want my services - bottom line," he said. "That's just the way it goes. I trust (Cashman), but I don't trust him totally. I don't trust anyone totally."
About 90 minutes later, after meeting with Cashman in his Legends Field office, Sheffield pulled back.
"I'm cool with the Yankees," the Hillsborough High graduate said. "They don't owe me anything."
After Tuesday Sheffield said he understood the option had not been exercised but he was in a good mood because Cashman had expressed gratitude for Sheffield's play. That night Sheffield saw ESPN's coverage, with reporter David Amber saying, "Clearly Sheffield left the meeting under the impression his $13-million option for 2007 had been picked up."
But Sheffield said he was never under that impression and thought the report embarrassed him.
- ED PRICE, Newark Star-Ledger