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PostSubject: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:28 pm

12/10/08 5:43 PM EST
Sheffield draws interest from Rangers
Tigers unlikely to pick up portion of slugger's contract in any deal

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

LAS VEGAS -- The Tigers are starting to receive trade inquiries on Gary Sheffield, but Detroit is expected to hold onto its recovering slugger.

The Rangers asked Detroit during the current Winter Meetings about Sheffield, whom the Tigers briefly made available over the summer when he was placed on waivers. However, an industry source indicated the Rangers' interest was primarily in a low-cost scenario, in which Detroit would pick up a good portion of Sheffield's remaining salary.

The 40-year-old Sheffield is set to make $14 million in 2009, the final season of the contract extension he signed when the Tigers acquired him after the '06 season. Though the Tigers would have interest in shedding that kind of salary from a payroll they're trying to keep at the same level for next season, they're unlikely to pay Sheffield a good sum of money to perform somewhere else simply to move him. The Rangers, meanwhile, are not believed to be looking to add significantly to their payroll.

The Tigers have expressed optimism about Sheffield's chance at a rebound in 2009, based primarily on his performance down the stretch this past season. After repeated shoulder injuries and an oblique strain hobbled Sheffield for most of the campaign, he went on a relative tear down the stretch, with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs over the final two months.

Sheffield said near season's end that he was looking forward to resuming his normal offseason workout routine for the first time in about five years. His shoulder injuries and offseason surgeries have kept him from doing that.

"I know how hard he works in the offseasons," manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday morning. "He's always been one of those guys. He's got a personal trainer down in Tampa, and he's always worked hard. This is really going to be the first time in a while he hasn't spent an offseason rehabbing because of surgery. He didn't have to get anything cut this offseason, and our trainers think he's going to be really good."

"Should he be a totally healthy DH? Yes, he should be," Leyland said. "You know, he hit some home runs the second half. You don't really know what to expect. You don't know when the time comes, when somebody has lost it a little bit. Obviously, you lose it a little bit at that age, but he hit balls awful hard the second half there and hit quite a few home runs."

If the Tigers were to trade Sheffield, they would likely promote from within to fill his spot in the lineup, either with Jeff Larish to be the designated hitter or Matt Joyce to play the outfield. Both have been mentioned as potential pieces in Detroit's talks with Seattle for Mariners closer J.J. Putz.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:46 pm

Yea, wait until he is healthy, then ask Detroit to pay him to beat us..... stupid. You want him, YOU PAY HIM -- Texas.


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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:28 pm

Just get him the hell out of here.
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:57 pm

Make it happen, DD! cross fingers


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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:05 am

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Make it happen, DD! cross fingers

But don't pay for him to play elsewhere, unless you are getting a very good player or players for him! If we lose Joyce, then we have a problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:18 am

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bobrob2004 wrote:
Make it happen, DD! cross fingers

But don't pay for him to play elsewhere, unless you are getting a very good player or players for him! If we lose Joyce, then we have a problem.

If you pay half, you're still saving $7 million that could be used for pitching!

DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!


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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:17 am

Please, please, please make this happen pray


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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:21 am

Any team that wants him, I applaud
I had enjoyed his street sh*t but that only goes so far....
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:31 am

I think we just put him on the block and see what happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:55 am

gdennis59 wrote:
I think we just put him on the block and see what happens.

The shocking part is, I think it was the Rangers who called the Tigers about Sheffield. Shocked


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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:56 am

surprised the Mariners didn't want him!
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:44 pm

I want to see Sheff hit number 500


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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:45 pm

Then trade his ass!
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:47 pm

high 5
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:03 pm

I could do without...
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PostSubject: Re: Sheffield draws interest from Rangers   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:36 am

Sheffield has to be one of the most frustrating Tigers in a long time!!
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