THURSDAY: Unsurprisingly, Sheffield cleared waivers today.
WEDNESDAY: Sheffield’s agent noted that he has not asked for a trade, but might be willing to waive his no-trade clause under the right conditions (perhaps the chance to play the outfield every day). Sheffield is expected to clear waivers tomorrow afternoon. It’s often been said that Sheff thrives on controversy, and he bashed two home runs last night.
TUESDAY: According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Tigers placed Gary Sheffield on waivers today. Sheffield recently expressed displeasure with his playing time. The 39 year-old DH is hitting .219/.321/.371 in 278 plate appearances this year while dealing with oblique and shoulder woes. Peter Gammons recently wrote that the Tigers shopped Sheffield to the Rays but they had no interest.
Sheffield is owed an additional $3.8MM this year plus $14MM in ’09. He also has a limited no-trade clause. His last good full month was July of ’07. A waiver claim on Sheffield seems unlikely. If a contender needs a DH, why not pursue Aubrey Huff instead?