Gary Sheffield, a brash player who has flown pretty much under the radar this season, is starting to stir the pot a bit.
Sheffield, whom the Mets are paying only $400,000 this year, thinks his days as a Met are numbered. Sheffield told Larry Brooks on the NY Post that, “Based on what I know now, no, I do not think I will be here.”
He was already placed on waivers and pulled back this season, meaning if the Mets were to dump him, they would not, as Brooks wrote, “be able to negate a claim.”
Sheffield leads the Mets in home runs with 10.
I don’t think there’s a future for Sheffield with the Mets. He’s getting older when the Mets really need to be getting younger. He’s 40 and has provided some surprise power that the Mets would otherwise not have. He was a smart pickup at the time, but there’s no need to hold on to him with a tight fist.