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    3

    New York Mets Sign Gary Sheffield to 1-Year Deal

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    The New York Mets have signed Gary Sheffield to a 1-year deal.  The recently released outfielder/slugger will split time in right field with Ryan Church.  Daniel Murphy will continue to start full-time in left field against both right-handed and left-handed pitchers and will likely be spelled from time to time by either Church or Sheffield.

    The Detroit Tigers, who released Sheffield earlier this week, will pay $13.6 million of Sheffield’s $14 million contract for 2009.  The Mets will cover the additional $400,000 – nice deal for Omar Minaya and the Mets.  This isn’t Sheffield’s first stint in the Big Apple – he played for the Yankees from 2004 through 2006 and put up monster numbers in his 1st two season for the Yankees.  Sheffield battled injury issues through the 2006 MLB season and was later traded to the Detroit Tigers.

    Sheffield is one home run shy of reaching the 500 home run plateau.  Sheffield is a career .292 hitter and he has 1,633 career RBI’s – good for 27th on the all-time list.

    This is a nice pick up for the Mets.  He is cheap and he still has the ability to hit the longball in a reduced reserve role.  Limiting his play should also reduce the risk of injury on the 40-year old ballplayer.  Kudos to Minaya for going out and making the deal with Sheffield and his handlers.

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