Foregone conclusion from Yankees.com: YANKEES SIGN GARY SHEFFIELD The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed free-agent outfielder Gary Sheffield to a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year. He will be introduced at a media conference at Yankee Stadium today at 2:00 p.m. Sheffield, 35, joins the Yankees after leading the Atlanta Braves with a .330 batting average and a career-high 132 RBI in 2003. He also set a career-high in runs (126) and posted a career-best 24-game hitting streak from July 26- August 20. He ranked among National League leaders in RBIs (third, 132), total bases (third, 348), runs (fourth, 126), slugging percentage (fifth, .604), extra-base hits (tied for fifth, 78), on-base percentage (sixth, .419) and home runs (tied for seventh, 39). In addition to reaching the 2,000 career-hit plateau, the seven-time All-Star stole his 200th career base this past season and became just the 17th player in Major-League history to hit at least 300 home runs and steal at least 200 bases.
Posted by YF on 12/17/2003 12:30:51 PM