Sheffield: I never asked for a contract extension

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Gary Sheffield has no problem making his mind known, be it to Mets management or the umpiring crew. He'll get his money's worth somewhere.

Sheffield, who started in leftfield in Friday's 4-2 win over the Phillies, went 1-for-4 before getting thrown out in the bottom of the eighth inning for arguing the last of three consecutive called strikes with plate umpire Rob Drake. Mike Pelfrey (9-8) went six innings and allowed both runs. Cole Hamels (7-8) was knocked around for four runs and 10 hits in five innings.

"That's just part of the game. We got to continue to fight as best we can," said Jerry Manuel, who was thrown out in the fifth arguing a caught-stealing call against Jeff Francoeur. "When we think that things are against us, we have to stand up for those things."

Earlier Friday, Sheffield described his meeting with general manager Omar Minaya on Thursday, one that led him to skip out on the starting lineup that night against the Braves. Sheffield used the word "never" five times to reiterate that he did not ask Minaya for a contract extension.

Sheffield, who was placed on waivers Aug. 7 but pulled back when the Giants claimed him, said he just wanted to discuss his future because he was hearing more about it from the media than his general manager.

"He called me in the office, I was in the lineup and he just went over the whole waiver thing with me because I guess a lot of people in the media were speculating a lot of different things and he wanted to clear that up," Sheffield said. "So I asked him after that, well, if you pull me back and you're keeping me from going to a contending team, what's my future? And basically I got a maybe, maybe not. And that's basically not much of a future."

Minaya said he would not grant Sheffield an outright release, ensuring he likely will finish the season with the Mets.

The free-agent-to-be did want to know if he is going to be a Met next year. The Mets are paying him the league-minimum $400,000 this year; the Tigers, who released him three days before the Mets signed him, are paying him $13.6 million.

"I asked all the right questions; it was a logical question," Sheffield said. "If I'm not allowed to play somewhere else, what's my future here?"

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Minaya said the potential trade, without identifying who claimed Sheffield, just wasn't right. "We still have a responsibility to the manager, to the players that are here, to win as many games as possible, and also to the fans," he said.

But there were some inconsistencies between what the two said.

Sheffield made it seem as if it were wholly Minaya's idea to meet; Minaya's words made it seem as if it were mutual, maybe more on Sheffield's part. "He wanted to talk a little bit about his future, and I sat down with him and talked," Minaya said.

To Sheffield, Minaya embarassed him by not coming to him first to talk about the waiver move: "I just felt like our relationship was good enough that he could've called me and let me know what was going on."

Minaya said he thought the two of them were on the same page but also said it isn't normal to talk to his players when they are placed on waivers.

"No, not really," he said. "It all depends, it all depends on the situation. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't."

Sheffield said it's all about his teammates going forward. The entire clubhouse, he said, rallied behind him Thursday even as he asked to be removed from the lineup. But he also seemed to indicate his teammates are his priority because they're all he has left.

Said Sheffield, "This is why I came with a better attitude today and a fresh mind-set. Because like I said before, I have great teammates, and if I don't have any other options - they're not going to release me, they're not going to do this - I'm going to go out here and show up for all my teammates."

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