It just keeps getting stranger in Detroit. Yesterday, the Tigers cut bait on Gary Sheffield and while that move was somewhat of a surprise, the Tigers have followed that up with a doozy. The Tigers announced this morning that they brought Juan Gonzalez out of retirement to be the team’s every day left fielder.
Apparantly he’s kept in shape, but this still has to be a questionable move. He hasn’t played in a big league game since 2005 when he played in just one game for the Indians. His last solid season was 2003 back with the Rangers and his last MVP season was over a decade ago in 1998 (he also won one in 1996).
Gonzalez played for the Tigers during Comerica Park’s inaugural season back in 2000 and it was kind of the end of the line for him. He was effective when he was on the field (.842 OPS) but he played in just 115 games that season. He later turned down a $144 million deal and nixed a trade that would have brought Alfonso Soriano to the Tigers.
Now he’ll be back in a Tigers uniform. It seems premature to just hand him the every day job, but his pedigree must be doing most of the talking. It’s also ironic that he’s 39, just one year younger then Sheffield, who’s played the past couple of years. It also looks like Marcus Thames is once again the odd man out because I’d expect Carlos Guillen to move into the full time DH role.