gary sheffield will most likely hit his 500th homerun in a mets uniform (he currently has 499). after strangely being released from the tigers sheffield inked a one year deal with the new york mets. the tigers still owe gary sheffield $14 million, so the mets were able to pick him up for the league minimum of $400,000. the tigers will have to cover the other $13.6 million owed.
in my opinion the fact that the tigers owe him all that money and that the mets were able to come away with this deal barely coming out of pocket at all is the main reason the mets pulled the trigger on this deal. sheffield is 40 years old and past his prime, but he still had something left and will be worth more to the mets than they are paying for him.