Breaking News: Phillies Release Jenkins, Contact Sheffield

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, March 31, 2009 03:49 PM | Comments: 68
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UPDATE (3:48 p.m.): Zolecki reports the Phillies have contacted Gary Sheffield’s agent.


Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies have released outfielder Geoff Jenkins.

There is speculation the Phils might be interested in Gary Sheffield.

More to come.

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  • Posts: 0 Joe A.

    cairo is not going very good. all of us phils fans will be able to see shef hit his 500th career hr!

  • Posts: 0 Ed

    For every bad veteran role player I can think of atleast one good one. Romero, Eyre, Werth(he was signed as a role player). Not saying we have excellent success in this area but the Phillies or more correctly, Gillick was probably on par with everyone else. Afterall, we did win the world series last year. Seems like the guys we paid a lot for all sucked but the guys we throw pennies at, they all do well.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    We lost 2 of our biggest cheerleaders in the dugout: Jenkins and Pat. I’m not too happy about this, the two moves together kinda change the whole vibe.

  • Posts: 0 mike

    these owners are doing things they wouldn’t have done three years ago. Someone is doing a great job talking them into these moves.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I could care less about seeing him hit his 500th.. but the fact that he has that many shows he’s a power hitter.. and the fact that his career avg. is .292 shows he can hit more than just HRs.

    He was injured the past seasons in Detroit, and I think they wanted to get younger.. guys like him, Pudge, Polanco, Magglio, Guillen.. they weren’t young.

    Gillick is still an advisor with the team, and Amaro talks to him before making moves.. they wouldn’t have released Jenkins if they didn’t have something else in the works.

    Maybe that move is Cairo?… But the fact that they’ve said they contacted Sheffield lets you know that is the guy they want.. and they want everyone to know how bad they want him, hoping that will sway him their way (not down by the bay, or in the hay)

  • Posts: 0 Gary B

    Poor Geoff Jenkins, I liked the guy, he didn’t put up the numbers that evrybody was used to him putting up but I think that hit in the world series made him feel a part of the team. Oh well not anymore.

    Happy trails to you…thanks for the game five smoke to the warning track!

  • Posts: 0 From Section 113

    Ughhhh, I am not a Sheffield fan at all. I wouldn’t like that move. I’d sooner have Jenkins or Mayberry off the bench than Sheff.

    Happy for Park though.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m with you Gary B. re releasing Jenkins. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I realize how shocked I am by this move. We gave him the same treatment as Adam Eaton! Ah! Disgusting. Seriously, we’re giving up on a guy who had a below-average year, but who can still play good baseball. We gave a guy like Eaton (a d-bag) way too many chances –and THEN we release him—, but we give up on Jenkins (a clubhouse guy, a good player overall who brings a positive attitude) before the 2009 season even starts. Wow.

  • Posts: 0 blough

    ****news break****

    phils release jenkins. announce the signing of brett farve.

  • Posts: 0 Matthew

    I can see it now. 5 nights before he blasts his 500th homer in Philly, he opens his mouth to the media saying something that stirs the pot AND becomes in the only player in baseball history to be BOO-ed in his home ballpark after he hits his 500th homerun and has his ball thrown back onto the field by the home team fans…

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Signing Sheffield is a NO LOSE proposition. You can start him in LF and RF and can play 3rd in a pinch. You can start him twice a week. You don’t have to pay him. If he turns out to be a cancer you let him go. Whats the problem? You don’t like 17hrs and 47rbis in 300 abs?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    I would entertain the idea of Sheffield if I were the FO too. Listen, Gary is old and declining and its time he should realize this. If we’re his only interest right now, then why not take it? He would have a shot at number 500 in a hitters park. It should come quick, even pinch hitting. Plus, we’re a contender. A legit contender. Would he rather play for a lowly team and get the chance to tire out playing the field or enjoy one of his last years in the majors pinch hitting for a team that will be in it? Time to mature, Gary.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    To T Marty

    Shame on you for giving credibility to all 499 of his roided up homeruns. His 500th doesn’t mean squat. Keep him away from this fine team.

  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    Willy Mo Pena might be a better option at this point than Sheffield for what we’re looking for in a right-handed bat with some pop off the bench and occasional in the outfield.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I am on the fence with Shef,
    I am sad for Jenkins, but he was paid a lot of money to be the regular RF and he is not and was not able to be a great role player. Yes he was a great clubhouse guy, but we need specific roles now. I understand keeping Stairs over him. Stairs is your power off the bench for a lefty, we have none for a righty. Dobbs is your complete bench player, Bruntlett is your defensive specialist with average to below average hitting.( had a great spring though) Coste is your backup catcher, Shef would be a nice fit in there, If an everyday player goes down in the outfield you bring up Mayberry to play.

    I think the clubhouse is tight and has plenty of strong personalities like Rollins, Utley, Howard, Ibanez, Moyer, Myers, Lidge. We are fine there Sheff is probably a win- win if he doesn’t pan out you chuck him to the curb and bring someone up.

  • Posts: 0 nick

    ha, matthew very true, I could also see that and wouldn’t be surprised at all. I wouldn’t mind getting sheff at all, but only if they don’t give him like 2 mil when he’s only worth 400k.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Buster Olney was just on ESPN 950… asked where he think Sheffield will end up, he said with…. THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES..

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    BOOO!!! At least when the Marlins took apart a WS winer they got some young talent in return. Phils are throwing money out the window like “we” have it!

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