John Lowe reports that Gary Sheffield will be entering spring training pain free after offseason shoulder surgery. There’s no doubt an effective Sheffield would be huge in an already stacked lineup and imagine how good of a season he’ll have if he doesn’t have to go through his April 2007 DH growing pains and his injury filled August and September. Sheffield is a borderline Hall of Famer and in my opinion, he’s going to have a season that puts him into the definite Hall of Famer category.
Lowe also comments on Joel Zumaya, who’s expected to be back in July. It’d be great if we could get him back before the trading deadline because an effective Zumaya might mean we don’t have to go out and deal for relief pitching.