Sheffield ready to test market
Gary Sheffield has posted MVP-caliber numbers in three of the past five years and very good ones in the other two.
What will Sheffield the representative be asking for Sheffield the player? David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that he is looking to get a deal comparable to the one given Jim Thome by the Phillies last year -- $72 million for six years. With those crazy days of 2000 behind us -- when C-47's full of money were landed on top of Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Derek Jeter -- is this a reasonable demand? Thome's contract was huge and very long by baseball's most recent standards. Is it a good marker for Sheffield?
Let's consider a couple of things:
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