Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Sheff wouldn’t seem to be a fit
Posted Aug 12, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Aug 12, 2008 at 06:33 PM
OAKLAND—ESPN.com reports the Tigers have placed Gary Sheffield, among others, on waivers, which of course is no surprise this time of year. But considering Sheffield’s complaints about playing time and position lately, they probably wouldn’t mind all that much if someone wanted to take the veteran off their hands.
I just don’t know who would. Though Sheffield probably would welcome a trip home to Tampa for the stretch run, the fact that he apparently isn’t physically able to play the outfield on a regular basis certainly would seem to rule him out for the Rays. Not to mention that $14 million he’s guaranteed for next season—a heck of a deterrent for anyone.
An external move still could be in the offing for the Rays; I just don’t expect it to be Sheffield.