Could Sheffield Fit in Philly?

sheffield.jpgThe Detroit Tigers surprised everybody this morning when they released Gary Sheffield, who is owed $14 million this season.

Sheffield is a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder.

The Phillies are looking for a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder.

Is there a match here?

There could be, but there are some things to consider. First, the Tigers released Sheffield because they said they wanted more versatility on their 25-man roster … and they actually could have used him as a DH. Can Sheffield still play in the outfield? He obviously would have no choice with the Phillies. Second, Sheffield told the Detroit Free Press that his first preference is the Tampa Bay Rays, although I’m not sure how that would work because the Rays have Pat Burrell and Gape Kapler. But if Sheffield prefers to play in the American League, where he can DH, the Phillies obviously aren’t a match. But if Sheffield, who has 499 home runs, can’t find a match in the American League the Phillies would make some sense.

That is, if he isn’t looking for regular playing time.

Got it so far?

But even if the Phillies think Sheffield can play in the outfield and if Sheffield is OK playing in the National League in a non-everyday role, the Phillies still would have to release or trade Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs to make room for him. The Phillies have been trying to trade Jenkins this spring, and I believe that continues to be their preference: move or release Jenkins and keep Stairs.

FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported today that the Phillies are unwilling to eat Jenkins’ $8 million salary, which includes a $1.25 buyout on a 2010 club option. But if that is the case, maybe Sheffield could change their thinking.

Why? Because the Phillies only would have to pay Sheffield $400,000. In essence, they would be paying Sheffield $8.4 million to get a right-handed bat for their bench compared to paying Jenkins $8 million.

Other things to consider:

Sheffield was hitting .178 (8 for 45) with three homers and five RBIs this spring. He walked 13 times for a .387 on-base percentage, but had a .378 slugging percentage. He also hit .225 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs in 418 at-bats last season, when he played just six games in the outfield.


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It would be interesting to have him in the lineup. Not sure I want him around Howard though, because Sheff is not someone I want Howard to aspire to learn things from (aka, how to be all about himself and the money).

Something else that might interest Sheff to come to us is, CBP is hitter friendly. He could probably put up good HR numbers here.

If I’m not mistaken we talked about getting him last year as well. Seems to me that if you get him and plan on keeping stairs, you have no backup outfielders for days off, injury etc. Dobbs can play the OF, as can Cairo and Brunlett, but all of them are primarily infielders. Brunlett did replace Pat last year, but this means using a PH if Stairs/Sheffield gets on base, and then a bench player to play the OF. Don’t know if I’d do this now. If it was Sept. It would be a no brainer

No thanks. On many levels. If Manny Rameriz is a cancer, this guy is at least AIDS.

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. I don’t care if he is ******* west nile virus, who is he influencing? Our team made of 35 year olds? We aren’t the Marlins for god’s sake. Everyones either 30 or above.

Let him go and poison the Mets locker room.

This guy is 40 years old! And from what else I hear, not the most grounded type of guy. His numbers are not great, he has been accussed of steroid use (innocent until proven guilty of course, but do the Phils need this kind of problem?)… I think the Phillies would be nuts to consider this! Unless of course they plan on hiring a team geriatric nurse ;O) Seriously, how many more aging players can they get away with before it really hurts them? Not including Moyer of course, because that man is just aging backwards :O)
When the Phils picked up Jenkins, I said that was a bad idea too…his numbers had been steadily declining with his age. Now, as a person, I love Geoff…met him a few times, he is as sweet as they come; but as a productive player, his time is nearly up. They WAY overpaid him and now, need to get rid of him so badly that they are considering Sheffield? We’d be better off keeping Jenkins; at least he fits in the clubhouse and we know what we’re getting with him. Sorry for the rant…had to get that one off my mind :O)


couldn’t agree more phollowers. Even though Sheff is a RHB and Jenkins isn’t, at least he can play the outfield

jimmymack, I bow down to your wittiness.

hmm….I’d say pass on this one!

According to David Murphy, Jenkins has been released.
We’ll always have World Series game 5.2.

Sheffield goes on waivers and I’m trying to recall if he has to clear waivers in A.L before a N.L team can even claim him, or if N.L teams get 1st shot at claiming him. In any event since we are WS champs, we get the last shot at him. So if another team claims him, before it gets to Phils, I guess that means we are just outta luck. Can anyone tell me if that’s the way it works?

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