Outfielder Gary Sheffield will have to hit is 500th home run for some other team. The 40-year-old, who was struggling in spring training, was cut by the Tigers earlier today. But the $14 million on his deal this season was guaranteed, so he’ll get paid anyway.
There’s no indication whether Sheffield would still get his money if he signed with another team, and I’m not knowledgeable enough to make a guess either way. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Sheff’s first choice would be to play close to home with the Rays.
I can’t think of anyone that I would pay $14 million to never see again, especially when he stands on the cusp of history. Not that hitting 500 home runs is “history.” Bombing Pearl Harbor, curing polio, banging Cindy Crawford. Those are the only things that the sons of history truly remember.