Monday, November 9, 2009
Do you have any interest in Gary Sheffield?
The Rangers' search for a right-handed bat continues, so we'll take a look at some possibilites. Is Gary Sheffield a viable option?
Sheffield, who turns 41 later this month after playing last season with the Mets, hit .276 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs in 268 at-bats (100 games). He had 46 strikeouts and 40 walks, batting mostly as the cleanup hitter. In fact, Sheffield had 159 at-bats in the fourth spot and in those ABs, he hit .308 with six homers and 32 RBIs.
But Sheffield's season was also full of drama. Reports surfaced in August that Sheffield threatened to leave the team if he didn't get an extension. Then general manager Omar Minaya said he called a meeting with Sheffield and that Sheffield never asked for an extension. But he didn't play one game while all of this was going on. Injuries also hampered Sheffield's season. He had a right wrist injury suffered in the weight room in August and back spasms relegated him to the role of pinch hitter at the end of the season.
Still, Sheffield showed he could hit and he still has some pop. And he hit in the middle of the lineup for most of the season. Maybe at 41, he could be signed at a decent price. But is he worth it? Do you think Sheffield would work in the Rangers' lineup as the DH? Can he stay healthy (that's my biggest worry)?