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Do you believe in Sheff? Mets do

Posted on: April 3, 2009 5:28 pm

Does Gary Sheffield to the Mets make any sense?

Sure, if you believe the guy can still hit. Sure, if you believe him when he says he can still play the outfield. Sure, if you believe that Sheffield will accept the role the less-than-full-time role the Mets have for him.

You gotta believe . . . and it’s hard to believe.

It’s possible that at age 40, Sheffield still has something left at the plate. There are plenty of people who have seen him play this spring who believe he doesn’t -- and also a few who believe he does.

It’s possible that Sheffield is still capable of playing the outfield. He believes he can. The Tigers and their doctors believed he couldn’t, to the point where last year manager Jim Leyland said: “I’ve got medical people telling me it’s suicidal to play him in the outfield right now, basically, because he’ll probably get hurt again.”

It’s possible that Sheffield understands what the Mets have in mind for him, and that he’s fine with it. I’m sure he’s told them he’s fine with it. Of course, he told the Tigers in the fall of 2006 that he was fine with being a designated hitter, then began complaining about the DH role before spring training 2007 was complete.

The complaining continued, on and off, for Sheffield’s two years with the Tigers.

That said, the Tigers didn’t release Sheffield because they got tired of listening to him complain. They didn’t release him because he’s a problem in the clubhouse -- he’s not, and his teammates liked him.

No, the Tigers released Sheffield because they believed he’s not good enough anymore. They released him because they’d rather give his DH at-bats to Marcus Thames, or play Thames in the outfield and give Carlos Guillen or Magglio Ordonez a chance to DH.

Before the Tigers decided to release Sheffield, they were trying to trade Thames. They talked to the Mets, but the Mets said they weren’t interested because of Thames’ defensive liabilities. Interesting, because the Tigers were a lot more willing to play Thames in the outfield than they were to use Sheffield there.

The Mets see Sheffield as someone who could still be a force at the plate. They have Daniel Murphy and Ryan Church at their corner outfield positions, with Fernando Tatis behind them, and they see Sheffield as quite possibly a better option.

They see Sheffield costing them only $400,000, because the Tigers are still paying him $14 million not to play for them.

They see it as low-risk, and maybe it is.

But it’s only low-risk if the Mets are willing to quickly pull the plug if they see Sheffield isn’t working out for them.

It’s possible that he will work out. It’s just a little hard to believe.

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Almost every player struggles on the cusp of a career mark.  Remember how A-rod slumped at 499 and Bonds could barely hit when he was a homer away from the all time record.  Gary Sheffield being at 499 and now moving to a new team, basically so he can hit number 500 is going to be aweful for him and for the Mets.  Until he jacks number 500 hes going to hit somewhere around .150 if he's lucky.  In the end the Mets are hoping he jacks it soon because otherwise they just signed the equivalent of Audruw Jones to their team.  An aging star with only one more thing to prove, an aging star with a track record for seeding discontent if he doesn't get his way.  But I guess at least it's not the worst thing the Mets to be paying him 400,000 dollars so he can hit one more homerun.


Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2009 1:23 pm

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I do believe in Sheff. He isn't quite the player that he was on the Yankees but he in my opinion can still be that player. Cliff Lee was in almost the same situation. Cliff Lee came off a horrendous year in the majors and minors. But he decided that he has to turn things around. So he tinkered with his mechanics and started winning games. The same thing for Randy Moss. When the Patriots traded for him everybody thought the Patriots were insane. But Moss proved them wrong. I believe that Sheff can do the same. 


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2009 12:17 pm

Do you believe in Sheff? Mets do

>>They see Sheffield costing them only $400,000, because the Tigers are still paying him $14 million not to play for them.

If the poor are up in arms about the bonuses that the AIG folk got, and then were forced to return under threat of death, practically, (and will the poor see their taxes go up next year, anyway? Why, yes, I believe they will.), then when are they going to get up in arms over athletes.  Sheffield makes $14 million a  year "not to play" for the Tigers.  Sure, Sheff would be stupid to say, "Ya know, I didn't contribute diddly squat to the team last year, so let me give $7 million of that back." But that's what a class act would do. (And no, I doubt if any player these days would do it. The last was Ted Williams. Of course, even if they wanted to, the Union wouldn't allow it.)

Nevetheless, time to stop paying these athletes so much money. $50,000 a year, that's all they deserve. Any other income they would be getting under prior contracts, can go into a pool to allow poor people to see the games lives instead of watching it on their TV.

Spreading the wealth. It's the Obama way. If its good enough for AIG executives, it's good enough for athletes and movie stars.  

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