The Detroit Tigers have acquired Gary Sheffield from the New York Yankees for three righthanded pitching prospects, the Tigers announced Friday.
In return for Sheffield, the Tigers sent Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett to New York. Detroit agreed to a two-year contract extension with Sheffield through the 2009 season.
If Sheffield is on his best behavior, this is a decent pickup for the Tigers. At worst, though, this could be immensely disastrous, as Sheffield's a notorious locker room cancer. The Yankees were smart to pawn him off as soon as Sheff looked to be on the verge of a breakdown over having to play 1B.
I actually like this trade much better for the Yankees, as their pitching staff is among the oldest in baseball and acquiring some of the Tigers' young guns will keep the rotation fresh for quite a while.
(edited by It's False on 10.11.06 1309) "That's the thing: Maybe he'll be up and down this season, but when he's up, is there another center in the league quite like him? He protects the rim, passes out of double teams, has great hands around the basket, up-fakes on his jump-hooks, rebounds in traffic, even has a motor that keeps going and going (unlike a stiff like Eddy Curry). I'm not sure what's missing here. This is stunning. This is startling. There's almost no precedent for it. Just what the Lakers needed: More obscenely good luck. Meanwhile, I have to watch Al Jefferson whip jump-hooks off the front of the rim for the third straight season. I will now pour scalding hot water down my pants." -Bill Simmons on Andrew Bynum (11/08/06)
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Young guns, sure, but it's not like they snagged anyone as valuable as, say, Zumaya. Buuuut... they did get three of Detroit's top 13 prospects (Sanchez #5, Whelan #6, Claggett #13). Nice move by New York.
As a Yankees fan, I am stoked with the first of many steps in the new youth movement. Sheff did what we all expected him to do: hit the ball consistently. But to take shots at Abreu on his way out? Please.
I'm curious what Tigers fans think, as Sheff isn't exactly a guy who avoids injuries. And how well is he going to fit into that locker room? As talented as he might still be (which is questionable, given how he played after coming back), I just see him disrupting the team chemistry in Detroit. They were built mostly out of role players who all did their part for the greater good (like the late 90s Yankees). Sheff has always been out for himself first, which is understandable, but not really the kind of guy you want on your team.
Hall of Fame was a lock already for Mariano, but finishing for the Yankees is about your spot in Monument Park, for him and Jeter. Not that they wouldn't get in eventually, but there's some added cache to being a career Yankee.