Sheffield, agent meet with Steinbrenner again
Posted: Tuesday December 2, 2003 9:45PM; Updated: Tuesday December 2, 2003 9:45PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gary Sheffield met with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for the second straight day Tuesday, and all signs pointed toward the outfielder signing with New York.
Sheffield and his agent, Rufus Williams, had another one-hour meeting with Steinbrenner at Legends Field, the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are continuing talks with Andy Pettitte, maintaining that their top priority this offseason is to re-sign the left-hander, who went 21-8 last season.
New York announced its $700,000, one-year contract with infielder Enrique Wilson on Tuesday. The Yankees have not made official their $7.25 million, two-year agreement with right-hander Tom Gordon, a deal that will pay the reliever $3.5 million next year and $3.75 million in 2005.
Paul Quantrill, another right-handed reliever, is continuing negotiations with the Yankees.
New York's bullpen struggled this year, partly because right-hander Steve Karsay missed the entire season due to an injured shoulder that required surgery.
Karsay, who is working out at the team's minor league complex, plans to extend throws from 105 feet to 120 feet next week. It's unclear whether he will be ready for the start of spring training.
"If I have to miss a couple weeks of spring, then so be it," Karsay said Tuesday. "I've put in the work and the time this long, to rush it back for two extra weeks isn't really worth it at this point. I've got to listen to my body, see how I feel and take the steps from there."
Karsay isn't sure he'll be able to pitch by Opening Day.
"It's still too far away to even tell," he said. "I'm going to take a step at a time, see how I feel and move in the right direction."