In what can be considered nothing less than a surprise move, the Tigers cut Gary Sheffield this morning. From MLive:
Sheffield was released this morning in a surprise move by the club, and told reporters that Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland informed him that they wanted to go with a more versatile lineup.
Sheffield, 40, said he did not see the move coming.
This is especially strange, considering Sheff was finally healthy and looking like he might be ready to make a strong contribution with his bat. However, this also makes some sense out of the Tigers’ trade for reserve outfielder Josh Anderson, who came over for Rudy Darrow on Monday.
This is definitely disappointing, as Sheffield never really lived up to his hype in the Motor City. Expect his DH spot to be filled by Marcus Thames, and the final roster spot to be claimed by Jeff Larish.