The New York Mets will sign outfielder Gary Sheffield, a baseball source told ESPN 1050 New York’s Andrew Marchand.
Sheffield, nine-time All-Star who was released Tuesday by the Detroit Tigers. held a private workout Thursday for several teams interested in signing him, including the Mets. Following the workout, the team had been working on determining whether it could find enough at-bats for Sheffield to make signing him make sense.
The Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies were also interested in Sheffield. Sheffield, a lifetime .292 hitter, hit .291 with 34 homers and 123 RBIs with the New York Yankees in 2005, culminating a seven-year span in which he batted .307 and averaged 35 home runs and 110 RBIs.
Sheffield batted .247 and averaged 22 home runs and 66 RBIs in two seasons with the Tigers.
He was batting only .178 in spring training before his release.
Sheffield’s Uncle Doc probably stepped in and got him a job. Omar Minaya, the Mets GM thinks he is real sharp. After they milk Sheff for his 500th Homerun, they will probably dump his ass just like the Tigers. Hack away Gary. -TO