Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Take a Spin on the Rumor Mill

You may have thought the ride was over now that Spring Training is in full swing, but no...the rumor mill has not ceased operation.  Listen to what I heard today, and see if it doesn't get you feeling a bit woozy.  

I was listening to Karsch & Anderson this noon, who were broadcasting from Lakeland.  One of them says that he's heard that perhaps the Tigers will dump Sheffield and his $14 million dollar contract to ensure that Jeff Larish has a spot on the roster.   

To be honest, I don't put a whole lot of stock in this news, thunderous as it may be.  My jaw did drop, true, at its hearing, but actually believing it is a whole other thing.  Their current proximity to the Tigers does not really serve to enhance the veracity of the tale.

Also, as if to prove it wrong, Sheff busts out with two homers in today's game against the Yanks.

In the concrete news realm, Verlander walks four in two innings, and allows 4 runs (2 earned) with two strikeouts.  Oh Justin, is efficiency out of reach?  Are Tiger starters (other than Porcello) incurably addicted to the base on balls?

As if Tigers fans needed more news to prompt ledge-seeking, Marcus Thames has an abdominal strain.  Both Curtis Granderson and our team Venezuela representatives made it through to round two of the WBC, so we are a little short on player personnel here, you know?

Let's look at it this way, maybe we're getting out all the bad stuff here in the pre-season, and we'll be injury and walk free during the regular season.   Wishful thinking, I know, but my workplace doesn't have any ledges, so I've got to keep positive somehow.


Kurt said...

Do you suppose they got their "rumor" from reading Lynn Henning's blog post Monday? Henning basically said he thought it would be a good idea to get rid of Sheffield despite his salary, and it wouldn't surprise him if the Tigers agreed.

I wonder if they didn't just read that and take it a step further. Or maybe Henning heard the Tigers say something off the record and wrote about it. You never know.

But I'd be more likely to think the radio guys were stealing from a blog, myself.

OldEnglish said...

Yeah, I'm inclined to believe your hunch.

Anonymous said...

I can't see the Tigers cutting Sheffield, at least not right now. I mean, they have to pay him no matter what, so they may as well see if he can get back on track this season.