Wow, I never thought I’d be writing that, especially with $14 million owed to him. According to mlb.com (click here for the article), the Tigers have done just that, saying that “the team wanted to go with a more versatile lineup”.
Sheffield, who is just 1 HR shy of 500, hit .225 with 19 HR, 57 RBI and 52 R in 418 AB last season. His struggles continued this spring, hitting .178 (8-45) with 3 HR.
This move could open a spot for the newly acquired Josh Anderson, originally thought to be nothing more then an extra OFer. It also could open up more AB for Jeff Larish. Most likely, it opens regular AB for Marcus Thames, who hit 25 HR last season in just 316 AB. If you are in need of some help in the power department, he’s a player I certainly would try to snag off the waiver wire in 5 OFer formats.
As for Sheffield, I’m sure someone will give him a chance, though I have no clue who at this point. He had minimal value heading into the season, but if you had decided to take a chance on him you probably want to reconsider.
What do you think? Will/should Sheffield get a job elsewhere?