The Reds have interest in outfielder Gary Sheffield
and there probably will be a meeting with him and/or his representatives in Sarasota, Florida, the Dayton Daily News reported.
Sheffield, one shy of 500 home runs, was released this week by the Tigers. While he makes $14 million, the Reds could sign him for as little as the major-league minimum.
"Sheffield and (manager) Dusty Baker have a history and they talked yesterday," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the newspaper. "He has to clear waivers today, but we'll talk. We have interest because he would be a legitimate big right-handed bat to add to our lineup."
Sheffield, 40, feels he can play every day and would like to prove it. He would only play left field for the Reds, a position being contested this spring between Chris Dickerson
, Jerry Hairston Jr.
, Jonny Gomes
and Laynce Nix
The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Williams had a conversation with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and that Sheffield had not dismissed the idea of filling a role similar to the one the Phillies are searching for - a right-handed bat with some power to pinch-hit and fill in occasionally in the field.