Yesterday Aaron called Gary Sheffield’s belief that he could hang around and get 3000 hits his “Delusion of the Day.” I think Gary is trying to start a streak:
Gary Sheffield wants to stay in New York despite the Mets’ struggles. “My preference is to stay here,” Sheffield said Monday night before the Mets played the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was out of the lineup because of a balky hamstring. “I don’t want to talk about” a trade . . . “If there ever was a time I thought I couldn’t play, that would be a time I would walk away,” he said. “But I still can hit 30 home runs. I can still hit in the middle of the order for a contending ball club.”
Really, is there a team out there seriously interested in trading for Gary Sheffield? The only contending ballclub whose order I could conceivably see him in is the Giants’, and that’s only if you work around the small matter of him not having the wheels to play the outfield in AT&T Park. And stay healthy. And contribute to a positive clubhouse atmosphere on a winning team.
Other than that, sure.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.