Wow. I actually suspected that at some point this year Gary Sheffield would get released. I didn’t expect the week before the season began. Being owed $14 million I thought that the Tigers would give Sheffield a chance to perform before cutting their losses. The timing of this is stunning and puts yesterday’s move into perspective.
I expected Sheffield to hit when healthy this year, but I didn’t expect for him to stay healthy. He’s been relatively quiet this spring, with the bat and his mouth.
As for what this means? I’d guess that Marcus Thames would be the primary DH and this may be his chance to hit those 40 home runs.
I’ll have more on this later tonight. In the meantime nice call by Scott Warheit yesterday.
UPDATE: Other roster moves announced today bring the total in camp down to 31
- Jeremy Bonderman to the 15 Day DL
- Clete Thomas optioned to AAA
- Wil Rhymes and Timo Perez assigned to minor league camp.