Tigers release veteran Gary Sheffield

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday March 31, 2009

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have released nine-time All-Star Gary Sheffield, who is one home run away from 500 for his career.

Detroit parted ways with the designated hitter Tuesday after a disappointing stay with the Tigers. The team was hopeful Sheffield would be a powerful presence at the plate in the final season of the $28 million, two-year contract extension it gave him after acquiring him from the Yankees for prospects.

But he failed to deliver in large part because he often was injured.

The move comes a day after the Tigers acquired outfielder Josh Anderson from Atlanta, forcing the team to make some tough decisions about its roster a week ahead of opening the season in Toronto. Sheffield hit .178 in 18 games this spring.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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