Tigers Dump Sheffield
The Detroit Tigers
released Gary Sheffield
today, according to ESPN.com
. The 40-year-old outfielder was one home-run shy of the 500 plateau, placing him in a historic group which includes the likes of Hank Aaron
, Willie Mays
, Barry Bonds
, Frank Robinson
, Reggie Jackson
, and just 19 others.
Sheffield can now be signed by any team for the $400,000 minimum, with Detroit paying the remainder of his $14 million salary in the final year of a two-year, $28 million extension. "I wouldn't say I'm shocked, but I am surprised. To do this when somebody is one home run away...I don't know how to react to it," Sheffield stated. Shoulder issues limited Sheffield to a total of 247 games and a .245 average during his stay with Detroit. Only four current players (Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez) are ahead of him on the all-time home-run list. The former All-Star has played for the Brewers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, and Yankees, and is also 27th on the all-time RBI list with 1,633.
The move came on the heels of the acquisition of outfielder Josh Anderson from the Atlanta Braves in exhange for a Detroit minor-leaguer, and the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly interested in Sheffield following the release of Geoff Jenkins.
Chipper to Remain a Brave
Third baseman Chipper Jones
signed a three-year, $42 million contract extension today, which should ensure that the 36-year-old long-time Brave will finish his career where it began.
reports that the deal will run through the year 2012, and a team option could make it worth $61 million over four seasons. Jones will receive $13 million from 2010 to 2012, as well as an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on games played. The contract also contains an option in 2013 for $9 million that could reach as high as $13 million if additional games played criteria is met. He is already set to earn $10 million this season in the option year of a deal that began in 2006, and he gets a $3 million signing bonus to be paid out at $1 million per year over the next three seasons as part of the new deal.
Jones is a 6-time All-Star and former MVP winner in 1999. He is the only switch-hitter in MLB history with at least 300 home-runs and a .300 career batting average, and his 408 career home-runs rank him third all-time among switch-hitters behind Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray.