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The Mets' Sheffield dilemma

Posted on: August 21, 2009 12:08 pm
 
Gary Sheffield has a way of putting teams in the position he seemingly has the Mets in now.

You're tired of him. You want to get rid of him. But you can't stand the idea that he's going to get his way.

Sheffield, by all accounts, asked the Mets for a contract extension on Thursday, then raised a stink when he didn't get one. And now, of course, he wants out.

The Mets, you can bet, don't want him around any longer, either. But you can also bet that the thought of giving him what he wants -- his release -- bothers them just as much.

As one rival executive pointed out this morning, if this were September the Mets could simply sit Sheffield on the bench and let him stew. But this is August, and sitting him on the bench means playing the next 10 days with a 24-man roster.

The Mets can hope that manager Jerry Manuel -- with whom Sheffield has had a good relationship -- can smooth over the hurt feelings and put Sheffield back in the lineup. But that means looking at Sheffield for the next six weeks.

This is all very strange, because it was just three days ago that Sheffield sat in the Mets clubhouse and told me how badly he now wants to get to 3,000 hits (he's 314 short). This is all very strange, but this is also all very Sheffield.

The Mets could have avoided all this had they just allowed Sheffield to go to the team that claimed him on waivers earlier this month (SI.com's Jon Heyman reported it was the Giants). But it's easy to understand why the Mets didn't simply let Sheffield go for nothing. He's basically costing them nothing (the Tigers released him this spring and are responsible for all but $400,000 of his $14 million contract), and with all their stars on the disabled list Sheffield had become their third-place hitter.

Even though the Mets are out of the race, keeping Sheffield gave them a chance to win a few more games the rest of the way -- as long as there weren't any blowups.

But there was a blowup, a predictable blowup, to anyone who knows Sheffield.

Now the Mets are in the same position so many of Sheffield's teams have been in before.

They're tired of him. They want to get rid of him. But they don't want to let him get his way.
Category: MLB
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Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2009 5:29 pm
 

The Mets' Sheffield dilemma

the muttsies should DL the bastard with that bad hamstring he picked up in the Bahama durning the All Star break. Then send him home.



Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2009 4:20 pm
 

The Mets' Sheffield dilemma

Wow it seems ages ago that my Phillies were trying to sign Sheffield thank the baseball gods they didn't!!!  The Phillies are such a tight TEAM they all back each other up and have such good chemistry that is imperative to the ongoing success they are enjoying...a guy like Sheffield would definately have been a distraction in the locker room.  Both former Cy Young's, Cliff Lee and Pedro have said what a great work ethic this team has and they further stated how easy it was to feel part of team as they are so relaxed as they go about their business of winning another World Series...so the Mets can keep signing all these has beens for big money and looking up the standings at the Phillies as they roll along and rack up wins!!!!


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