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Shocker: Gary Sheffield is still a free agent

Jan 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

Gary Sheffield.jpgAccording to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, nobody’s biting on 41-year-old Gary Sheffield.
The veteran slugger, who is representing himself this winter, still
feels he can be an everyday player and provide some right-handed thump,
but so far no major league team has agreed with him.

After being released by the Tigers during Spring Training last season,
Sheffield batted .276/.372/.451 with 10 home runs, 43 RBI and an 823
OPS in 268 at-bats with the Mets. He joined the 500-HR club with his first hit as a member of the Mets in April.
That said, he did very little after the month of June, batting
.254/.329/.365 with zero homers in 65 at-bats after the All-Star break,
barely seeing the field due to various injuries.

It’s possible that some team could surprise and invite him to Spring
Training, but Sheffield’s pride will always make him think he is more
important than his now complimentary skills suggest, leaving a
potential bench role as a useless distraction. This is destined to be one of those long, drawn-out “unofficially retired”
situations.

  1. So long..... - Jan 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Buhhh bye Gary. One POS we do not need in baseball…..

  2. Bobby Townsend - Jan 10, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Sheffield wants to hang around for the wrong, stealing money to be non-productive, getting those 3,000 hits are his main objectives. If he signs, he will get hurt again then will try to come back in 2011 if he is broke and or short of the 3,000 hits

  3. dealdo - Jan 10, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    i love sheff, baseball needs more guys that speak their mind before thinking, I think he’s hilarious, someone will pick him up.

  4. flash - Jan 11, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    I think he would be a good DH in a small AL park similar to Boston

  5. Moses Green - Jan 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    If I was a GM, I’d call Gary just to kick the tires on Gary for fun.
    – Hi Gary, I’m looking to see what Gary’s looking for
    – Thanks Moses, Gary wants a one deal for $8 million
    – No, thank you Gary, I don’t think we can offer Gary that kind of money at this time, but we’ll get back to you
    – Gary thanks you.

  6. MC - Jan 11, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    POS come on he has hit 500 Hr’s and still has a qiick swing and awesome bat. POS not cool. He speaks his mind and tells the truth that is what people do not like about him. He will provide veteran leadership to a club with a big bat.

  7. Bob T. - Jan 11, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Gary is controversial because he speaks his mind and has confidence in himself.He obviously loves the game and has a goal(3000 hits).I don’t think he’s in it for the money either. Through the years he’s made plenty for everybody because of his talent.I’d like to see all the Gary whiners become one of 25 people to hit 500 plus homers.

  8. MC - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    POS come on he is a great player and deserves better than that. He can still play like many other younger players who will not play as hard. POS you do notknow baseball

  9. MC - Feb 16, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    That is not true at all. If he is healthy he will play.

  10. Pastor Donnell - May 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Sheff, still has one of the best bats in baseball, no I don’t think he should get 8mil, but I do think he’s worth at least 4-5. I grew up with Sheff in Tampa Fl. we started in little league together, his leadership qualities is second to none. I think any team (Tampa Bay Rays) could use that type of leadership to help them win a World Series. Would that be nice Home town guy helps team win it all.

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