December 11, 2013
Who is Shyster?
Or you can search by:
Most Recent Comments
Mike Hargrove Interview (13)
Can they be the California Angels again? (9)
Another great moment in mass transit? (7)
Just another ten-percenter (his mind is like an ocean) (7)
Great Moments in Half-Baked Populism (8)
Shyster's Daily Circuit
Joe Posnanski Blog
Cot's Baseball Contracts
It IS About the Money
Baseball Think Factory
MLB Trade Rumors
Way Back and Gone
Bats -- NYT Baseball Blog
The Biz of Baseball
The Daily Fungo
The Common Man
Jorge Says No!
Baseball Over Here
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Bye-bye GaryThe Tigers cut Sheff:
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.
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)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:13am
It really seems like it would have been more beneficial to the team to eat a large portion of that contract and trade Sheffield. But maybe they explored that route, and couldn’t get a damn thing for him. I think Gary still has a bit more left in that bat.
Posted 03/31 at 11:24 AM
As a Reds fan, I wouldn’t mind brining him in at the league minimum for look, although Dusty would probably bat him 4th and bench Jay Bruce, because, well, he is Dusty…
Posted 03/31 at 11:38 AM
I think the Giants get in on this, as a consolation for not getting Manny (who they really didn’t pursue that hard). The Giants are already poised to celebrate one milestone this year—Unit’s 300th win. Plus, they have some experience with handling home run milestones of surly sluggers.
Posted 03/31 at 11:39 AM
Even if he doesn’t have much left, he could still help the Braves.
Posted 03/31 at 11:40 AM
kranky kritter said...
Well, I think you have to presume that if a team releases a guy they owe 14 mil, they are pretty sure he’s got nothing worthwhile left in the tank. Probably his eyes or bat speed are really just not MLB caliber anymore.
Or maybe the Tigers felt he was in his last year and mostly blocking the development of someone important to the Tigers future. Anyone know/ BTW, I have heard more than one person say that the Tigers are going to be big sellers this summer. Makes sense to me.
Still, I have to wonder whether has anything worthwhile left, if only because as a Red Sox fan Sheffield was the Yankee batter I feared the most. Just hellacious and formidable for a few years, especially in big moments.
Would not mind him playing a little OF and 1b instead of Mark Kotsay or Chris Carter. Sheff has a good swing for Fenway.
Posted 03/31 at 11:55 AM
I’m not sure which is more surprising. Gary Sheffild getting released, or someone being dumb enough to pay Damion Easily $14.3 at any point in his career.
Posted 03/31 at 11:57 AM
APBA Guy said...
Amen to the Easley comment fom BillyBeane.
The Tigers must have been projecting Sheffield’s bat at negative VORP speed.
Posted 03/31 at 12:33 PM
Kranky…please don’t even think that. Sheffield, off the bench, on defense? Scary. Plus, well, I think he’s done with the bat, too.
Posted 03/31 at 12:46 PM
kranky kritter said...
Well, if in fact he’s all done at the bat, then that’s all there is to it.
His defense I am not worried about given that our back-up outfielder/1b for April is already guaranteed to be a butcher, Bailey or carter unless we pick up someone who can actually play in the field off late releases.
BTW, did Dave Roberts end up anywhere after SF dumped him?
Posted 03/31 at 01:01 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
I think Roberts retired last week.
Posted 03/31 at 01:02 PM
Richard in Dallas said...
Detroit must have a sure sellout every game in their minds to GIVE AWAY 14 MILLION and get absolutely NOTHING in return. The Rangers, at a time when 25K was a really good crowd, sold out after Palmiero’s 499th and Sosa’s 599th. When there is history to be seen, people WILL come, Ray; they most certainly will come…....
Posted 03/31 at 03:52 PM
It’s been a great week for Dave Dombrowski signings. Now, what did he say Dontrelle Willis is on the DL for again…?
Posted 03/31 at 05:51 PM
J. McCann said...
I’m thinking the best option for Gary is Japan.
He can go make some huge bank for a couple of years, and he is all about the Benjamins, and then come back and hit one more HR in MLB in a couple of years.
Posted 03/31 at 07:15 PM