Wow, I didn’t see this one coming. The Tigers cut bait on Gary Sheffield despite the fact that they’ll still be on the hook for his $14 million salary this year. This is one of those moves that could make or break the Tigers and their front office. If Sheffield goes on to have a productive season and the Tigers fall just short, people should probably be fired over this. Of course it’s not my team and I’m a little biased because I’ve always been a big Sheffield fan.
I talked about a couple of reasons why he may still struggle in my five question piece. Throw on a .178 spring batting average and the move shouldn’t come as a total surprise. One option that comes to mind would be putting Miguel Cabrera at DH then using either Jeff Larish or even better, Mike Hessman at first base. Another option would be to move Carlos Guillen to DH and then use someone like Marcus Thames, Brent Clevlen or the newly acquired Josh Anderson out in the left field.
The other side note is, the Tigers will remain as a team that’s never seen a player hit his 500th home run in their uniform. Gary Sheffield would have been the first one.
I’m interested to see what this “more versatile” lineup is the Tigers refer to in this story. I’m also interested in seeing where Gary Sheffield ends up.