Breaking News: Gary Sheffield Sent Packing
In what’s apparently not an early April Fools’ joke the Tigers created waves by releasing slugger Gary Sheffield, according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Sheffield is just one Home Run away from reaching the 500 HR club.
The Tigers figured Sheffield was a defensive liability in the Outfield, and did not want to hold a roster spot for someone who would just DH. The move could also have been a Domino Effect of Jordan Schafer winning the Atlanta Braves Centerfielder job, which led to Josh Anderson’s trade to Detroit.
Sheffield struggled with injuries and hit just .225 last year, but did manage 19 HRs in 418 At Bats. Sheffield’s struggles continue this Spring as he had just five hits in 29 ABs (.172).
Although he is cantankerous at times, he still wields a pretty good stick, and could catch on with a team in need of some right-handed power. The moves costs the Tigers $14 million.