April 01, 2009
Geoff Jenkins, one of the World Series heros for the Philadelphia Phillies, was dropped from the team Tuesday and reports indicated either Gary Sheffield or Andruw Jones are candidates to replace him on the roster according to MLB.com.
According to the report, Phillies director of Major League scouting Gordon Lakey has been watching both players lately. Sheffield was cut by the Detroit Tigers Tuesday and Jones was in camp with the Texas Rangers.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he spoke with Sheffield and his representative, Rufus Williams, after the the slugger's release was announced Tuesday morning. Sheffield, who will make $14 million this season, can sign with any team once he clears waivers. And the team that signs him would have to pay only the league-minimum $400,000. The Phillies want Sheffield, but would Sheffield want to play for the Phillies?
It seems like a long shot. He played just 18 games in the outfield over the past two seasons with the Tigers, while playing 225 games as a designated hitter. Obviously, Sheffield would not have that option with the Phillies, according to MLB.com.