So the Seattle Mariners are terrible offensively; this we all know. Coming into Saturday, the M’s had just just two players with an OPS over .700 (Ichiro Suzuki at .710 and Franklin Gutierrez at .852). With Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney not doing the “veteran hitter” job they are supposed to, I have no idea why Seattle has not signed Gary Sheffield.
Sheffield, 41, can both DH and play a below-average left field if need be. Here were his numbers last year:
2009: .276/.372/.451, .359 wOBA, 122 wRC+, 1.16 WPA
Pretty good stuff. More importantly, Sheffield started off hot and cooled down later in the year due to his weak legs, a problem that stemmed from his having to play left field almost everyday. In Seattle, Shef could DH and focus solely on hitting. Here’s what the projection systems have for Sheffield in 2010:
Marcel: .334 wOBA, .752 OPS
Bill James: .336 wOBA, .762 OPS
ZiPS: .339 wOBA, .758 OPS
CHONE: .327 wOBA, .728 OPS
Fans (13): .361 wOBA, .820 OPS
Not bad, and definitely better than what the M’s have right now. With Milton Bradley in limbo, Griffey and Sweeney pretty much done, and nobody else carrying the load, Jack Z should give Gary Sheffield a chance.