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.
LAS VEGAS — Let’s start our first weekday of the Winter Meetings with some rumors and speculation. We’ll have a good bit of that until, you know, something actually happens.
First up: Dallas Keuchel, the top free agent pitcher remaining on the market. Jon Heyman says the Braves, who are in the market for a starter, are targeting him. In this they are not alone, as the Phillies, who missed out on Patrick Corbin, and the Reds, who would like a pitcher who doesn’t allow a lot of fly balls are each reported to be focused on Keuchel as well. There was a random report that the Blue Jays were interested in him too, but that seems off to me given where they are on their rebuild.
Keuchel, who will turn 31 on New Year’s Day, was 12-11 in 34 starts last year, posting an ERA of 3.74 in 204.2 innings. His peripherals have declined fairly consistently since his Cy Young season in 2015, so the question is whether the team that signs him is paying for his past or for what he might reasonably be expected to provide in the future.