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Sheffield is a Met

Well, it's now official: Gary Sheffield is a New York Met.

Nearly 12 years after the 40-year-old slugger first said he was willing to waive his no-trade clause with the Marlins for a deal to Queens, Sheffield is finally a Mets outfielder, agreeing to a one-year, $400,000 deal on Friday. According to the linked report, Sheffield has always wanted to play in Queens since his uncle, legendary Mets wunderkind ace Dwight Gooden, which is fascinating because A) He signed with the cross-town Yankees in 2004 and B) Dwight Gooden is his uncle? Why haven't I heard more about that before? Maybe my head was just in the ground, but sometimes you learn something new every day.

Regardless, the move really does seem like a strong one, both for the Mets and Sheffield himself. Equally important is the fact that everyone is saying the right things out of the blocks. Ryan Church, who stands to lose the most time with the addition, says he supports the move because Sheffield is a great player. General manager Oman Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel talked about how he adds a dimension to the team. Only first baseman Carlos Delgado, one of the team's relatively reluctant leaders, sounded any notes of concern, and his seemed tempered by strong overtones of optimism.

Will it work out that well? Who knows. All that's certain is that Sheffield will get a shot, and in the end, that might give New York a better shot at getting past the Phillies.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 3, 2009; 8:57 PM ET
Categories:  Mets  
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Comments

He's 40 years old and hit .225 last year. A great player? I'm grateful that he'll be in the division, though, since he'll surely add some, "chemistry" to that clubhouse. As a Phillies fan first and a Nats fan second, I applaud the Mets acquisition of Gary Sheffield. It can only be good for the other teams in the division.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | April 3, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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