So rumor has it that Gary Sheffield is thisclosetobeing a Met, potentially official sometime later today (see the nuclear fallout over at BMF here and Metsblog there). For a deal at the league minimum (a pro-rated $400K) --
Am I the only one who doesn't see this as the travesty it's played out to be in Mets fan forums?
Apparently Debmc over at GB&U is not claiming her place on the Queensboro Bridge right now either. Blondies Jake over at BMF was screaming that he would not root for the team because clearly this was a money issue. Well, give the man a cookie!! Anyone who doesn't believe this is not a money move should not be a baseball fan.
I see this deal as multi-faceted and could potentially help us out.
One is obviously money. For a management team that lost $350mm in a Ponzi scheme is going to start nickel-and-diming things where they can. Gary Sheffield at $400K over Manny for $20+mm per year? You do the math.
Two is - how would we feel seeing him come off the bench at a crucial point in a pennant race versus the Phils or worse on the Marlins or Braves in those close games down the stretch? Not just money here, this was clearly a move to keep him away from division rivals.
Three is - conversely, how do we feel sending Marlon Anderson up at critical junctures as opposed to Sheff? Sheff coming off the bench is brilliant. In instills fear in the other team -- although he is not as powerful a bat as a Manny (um, duh) or even what Sheff himself used to be, let's face it - he's better than what we have now.
Four is - Right now, there was to be a Murphy/Tatis platoon in LF, Church in RF. Can't Sheff play both those positions? I think we are fooling ourselves into thinking the Tatis we got last year will show up again this year.
Therefore, I don't think the Sheff thing is as bad as fans have made it out to be.
I'm not saying I approve the move...but as Chris Rock would say, I understand.