The Mets reached agreement with Gary Sheffield on a one-year deal, with the player’s agent, Rufus Williams, saying he wants to play beyond this year: “You don’t show much when you’re sitting on the bench. Gary is going to play beyond this year. It’s important for him to get an opportunity to play. What we’re trying to ensure, wherever he’s going, is that he has an opportunity to participate and perform.”
At first glance, the player who figures to get his at-bats cut most is right fielder Ryan Church. Next would be Daniel Murphy. I don’t see the Mets bringing in a high-profile player such as Sheffield without the intent of playing him.
Sheffield has 499 career homers.
The talk all spring has been the need for a right-handed power bat. The Mets are thinking about it. What about Gary Sheffield? Would you take him, baggage and all, or are you satisfied with the Mets’ offense as it is?
He has his moods, but the man can hit when he’s healthy. And, the Mets do have that need.
This week’s Sports Illustrated’s Baseball preview has the Angels over the Yankees in the ALCS and the METS over the Cubs in the NLCS, with the METS going on to win the World Series.
Thought you’d all like to smile today.
Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza, the two greatest players in franchise history, walked out of Shea Stadium to close the historic ballpark last fall. They’ll team to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.
Opening Day won’t be the time to do so, but sometime this summer, the Mets should take a day to honor Mike Piazza by retiring his No. 31.
Marlon Anderson has a contract. Nick Evans has options. The final roster spot could come down to these two.
Anderson didn’t produce last year, but has in the past as a pinch-hitter. The Mets already have a second base backup in Alex Cora, so Anderson is really redundant.
Evans gives the Mets some right-handed power and has played better this spring. He’s also not the defensive liability some people think. Plus he gives the Mets a better first-base back-up option.
Should the Mets take the past of least resistance and option Evans to keep Anderson or will they refuse to eat the latter’s contract?