The New York Post and Newsday are both reporting that the Mets are very close to signing Gary Sheffield for $400,000, the Major League minimum. The Detroit Tigers, who recently released him, would have to pay the rest of his $14 million contract.
The Phillies and the Reds also supposedly expressed interest in signing Sheffield, but reports indicate the Mets offered him more substantial playing time as a backup to right fielder Ryan Church and left field novice Daniel Murphy.
If Sheffield, who is only one home run from hitting the 500 mark, is signed, it would leave a question of whose place he would be taking on the roster. It would be likely that Nick Evans would start in the minors instead of being sent down when Livan Hernandez is brought up to start later this month. Would that mean Marlon Anderson is the one left without a chair once the Sheffield merry-go-round stops?
Do you think signing Sheffield is a good move for the Mets or will he be too much of a headache?