The Tigers released designated hitter Gary Sheffield this morning, a startling development since the team had already guaranteed him $14 million this season. It’s the second-highest amount owed to a released player in club history, behind Damion Easley’s $14.3 million in 2003.
“You’re going to pay him, one way or the other,” said club president/general manager Dave Dombrowski.
The decision is surprising from a historical perspective, because Sheffield’s next home run will be the 500th of his career.
In the article, Sheffield says he’d like to play for the Rays. Sheff is 8-45 this spring. The Rays just signed Pat Burrell to be their DH. While it’s not impossible to see him catching on somewhere, it’s not going to be in Tampa Bay, 500th home run or no, league minimum or no.
(thanks to Mike McClary for the heads up)