Gary Sheffield Turns Tiger


NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees traded Gary Sheffield to the Detroit Tigers today for three pitching prospects.

The Yankees exercised the hard-hitting outfielder's 13 million-dollar option last weekend to prevent him from becoming a free agent. Sheffield said Wednesday that the Yanks had asked him to provide a list of teams which he wouldn't mind being traded to.

As part of the deal, Sheffield and the Tigers agreed to a two-year contract extension.

Sheffield turns 38 in eight days and says he wants to play three more seasons. He topped 34 homers and 120 R-B-Is in each of his first two years with the Bronx Bombers but missed most of the 2006 campaign with a wrist injury. Before he returned in late September, the Yankees acquired Bobby Abreu from the Philadelphia Phillies so Sheffield was moved to first base.

New York gets right-handers Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett in return.