Mets take $400K gamble on Sheffield

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The Mets had barely settled into their new lockers at Citi Field on Friday before learning they soon would have a volatile new neighbor: Gary Sheffield . Full Story
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oh geez

Middle Island, NY

#1 Apr 3, 2009
this guy is trouble -

“ALTERNATIVE NATION”

Since: Jun 08

Easley, SC

#2 Apr 3, 2009
I think this is perfect timing and all season Murphy, Tatis, Church and Sheffield are going to battle it out trying to prove they each deserve more playing time!!!

Jerry is the Gangsta Chef...occasionally stirring the pot!!!
Steve

Oyster Bay, NY

#3 Apr 4, 2009
I'm not a huge fan of this move. but at 400,000 dollars, if he doesn't hit, then he just gets released & no harm done. I don't like the idea of him starting games more than once a week though. He is pretty lousy defensively. If he gets upset and turns into a malcontent, then they just release him. There is zero risk to this signing with a potentially high reward.
Strawman Strawberry

Torrington, CT

#4 Apr 4, 2009
One can only hope that this Gary Shefield guy does the right thing for the Mets....if he is HEALTHY his bat can only add to the POWER in this lineup....one thing though...I do NOT wanna lost Ryan Church to this guy....I believe Ryan Church will EXPLODE this YEAR....an more years to come. I wish gary all the best and I hope he can help the Mets line up....HITTING WISE however, KEEP RYAN CHURCH PLAYING as much as possible. Lets Go Mets. GO SHEFIELD
Strawman Strawberry

Torrington, CT

#5 Apr 4, 2009
oh geez wrote:
this guy is trouble -
Yea...I hear ya bro...I know he can be trouble....lets hope they keep a CLOSE EYE on him....and Im not sure but has Gary Shefield been accused of doing STEROIDS.....EVER>>>? ????? Im not sure but I think i might of heard something with him and steriods....anyway...lets hope this does not happen. If he can BEHAVE....and KEEP HEALTHY...wow, his bat can only spell trouble for the national league.....GO GARY.....KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.....AND JUST PLAY BALL. If worse comes to worse we can always seek out DARYLE STRAWBERRY...lol.(joke)
PJM

Hackensack, NJ

#6 Apr 4, 2009
He only hit .225 last year with 57 RBIs Without someone sticking needles in his @$$ his power is gone. The $400,000 should have been used to lower ticket prices or given to charity.
Reality Check

Douglas, AZ

#7 Apr 4, 2009
This is a joke as is Sheffield. Will this team ever learn to stay away from the has-beens? Why is it that every freakin' time they get a bunch of positives going at once that they have to screw it up with something so damn boneheaded it defies logic? He shouldn't take one AB away from anyone, whether it's Murphy, Church, Tatis, Delgado, and especially Evans after the ST he's had. If he does, all this does is make a statement to the kids that no matter how well you play, a veteran, even if he sucks like Sheffield does, will get the nod over you because of what they USED TO be able to do.

When will Mets management stop thinking that any has-been that puts on a Mets uniform will automatically transform themselves into the player they were 5, 6, 7 years ago? IT DOESN"T WORK LIKE THAT!!!!
MinnyJohn

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Apr 4, 2009
For the sake of clubhouse unity, Sheff, please tear a groin muscle asap!
LetsPlay2

North Fort Myers, FL

#9 Apr 4, 2009
The Mets, never a team to learn from history, have proven they don't believe -or trust- their own evaluations. All spring long, Minaya was praising the team, saying he believed the Mets had enough to make a strong run at a title. Then, a disruptive, 11th hour deal like this is made - a deal more about cost than competence. These guys cannot resist any deals involving low-priced, over-the-hill veterans. Fans, do yourselves a favor: dismiss entirely any quotes from both Minaya and Manuel as purely media-savvy baloney. Just trust what your eyes tell you; you'll be far better off.
Tax These Guys

Mesquite, NV

#10 Apr 4, 2009
Obamanation you want to Tax RICH GUYS tax these guys ?
They make millions , Cash in and take there , Money !
They have been ripping of the public for YEARS ?
PAY BACK TIME IS AT HAND !
TAX EM NOW !
Will

Seaford, NY

#11 Apr 4, 2009
Getting a little carried away aren't you? The Phillies also wanted him and Omar wasn't going to let that happen. Another right handed bat can't hurt and you can never have enough depth.
And if the guy doesn't hit and doesn't have it anymore they cut him. No big deal.
LetsPlay2 wrote:
The Mets, never a team to learn from history, have proven they don't believe -or trust- their own evaluations. All spring long, Minaya was praising the team, saying he believed the Mets had enough to make a strong run at a title. Then, a disruptive, 11th hour deal like this is made - a deal more about cost than competence. These guys cannot resist any deals involving low-priced, over-the-hill veterans. Fans, do yourselves a favor: dismiss entirely any quotes from both Minaya and Manuel as purely media-savvy baloney. Just trust what your eyes tell you; you'll be far better off.
Will

Seaford, NY

#12 Apr 4, 2009
Clubhouse unity is over rated. This group has proved that one big mouth (like Wagner) ain't going to disrupt the whole team. Besides Sheffield making the minimum with no guarantee a place in the lineup, doubtful he'll be the big mouth he was on the Yankees.
MinnyJohn wrote:
For the sake of clubhouse unity, Sheff, please tear a groin muscle asap!
Delores San Pedro

Providence, RI

#13 Apr 4, 2009
You guys are idiots.
I don't understand what the big deal is about signing Sheff. With a near 150 million dollar payroll, his $400,000 salary represents about a one quarter of one percent risk. And the Mets aren't asking him to carry the team. This isn't a Mo Vaughn or Bobby Bonilla situation.
Sheffield is a historically a great player. He's also a guy who said he wants to play for a few more years, so what he does with and for the Mets will decide his future. He has a lot to prove without a multiyear deal and if he messes up NO ONE will sign him - sounds like someone motivated enough that I'd want on my team. And if he doesn't work out? Just release him - If you do, you wouldn't have to try and replace a clean-up hitter, you'd have to try and replace a bench guy.
And as a Mets fan, what would you rather hear if they're down by a run in the 9th inning: "Pinch hitting for Feliciano will be Marlon Anderson" or "Pinch hitting for Feliciano will be Gary Sheffield"? I'd take Sheff any day.
NYStateOfMind

New York, NY

#14 Apr 4, 2009
I agree with the little risk, all reward thoughts IF THINGS WORK OUT...

This was the same player who said in 2004 when signing with the Yankees, "it's about the front of the uniform, not to back", meaning team first...

As it's been said "you reap what you sow"...
Don Bosch

San Diego, CA

#15 Apr 4, 2009
Will wrote:
Clubhouse unity is over rated. This group has proved that one big mouth (like Wagner) ain't going to disrupt the whole team. Besides Sheffield making the minimum with no guarantee a place in the lineup, doubtful he'll be the big mouth he was on the Yankees.<quoted text>
Clubhouse unity is extremely important especially in New York where the media is perceived to be the enemy. The Mets have no rings under Minaya and it won't be changing anytime soon with or without Sheffield. The problem with the Mets is Minaya Bernazard and Jeff Wilpon make the baseball decisions.
Bill

Boiling Springs, SC

#16 Apr 4, 2009
IMO this is a good move. They got a RH power hitter for a mere$4ook. Marlon Anderson wasn't getting it done, hopefully Shef can. He wants to play everyday but at 40, he should be happy if he plays 80 games.
smitty edgewater fla

United States

#17 Apr 4, 2009
mets never learn! bobby b moe vaughn now sheffield
on the rags

New York, NY

#18 Apr 4, 2009
Keep it Simple:
---Sheffield GOOD for a passive team like the Mets who need a bad guy with a chip on his shoulder.
---Citi Field BAD for 40% of the people who actually want to see the ballfield.
---Avery look MEDIOCRE wearing womens' clothes.
A MET FAN

AOL

#19 Apr 4, 2009
For $400,000 how can you go wrong, it's cheaper the 25 mill
A MET FAN

AOL

#20 Apr 4, 2009
Bill wrote:
IMO this is a good move. They got a RH power hitter for a mere$4ook. Marlon Anderson wasn't getting it done, hopefully Shef can. He wants to play everyday but at 40, he should be happy if he plays 80 games.
I beleive will prove to be as good and better then Marlon anyday

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