Mets pursue Sheffield, price break

November 20, 1997|By MIAMI HERALD

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins could still trade Gary Sheffield to the New York Mets, but it's going to take awhile, and a new formula to get a deal done.

A proposed trade Tuesday fell through when the Mets asked Florida to pick up a chunk of Sheffield's six-year, $61 million contract. The Mets were offering outfielder Bernard Gilkey, who is in the second year of a three-year, $15.8 million contract. The Mets wanted the Marlins to pick up as much as $4 million of Sheffield's paycheck ($24 million, six years).

Also, the Mets would rather keep Gilkey and give up outfielders Alex Ochoa and Butch Huskey.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals are working on a trade for Marlins first baseman Jeff Conine.

Pub Date: 11/20/97

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