Update (7:00pm): Steve Popper is now reporting that Sheffield has not been released, according to a “highly-placed source.”
Update (6:42pm) : According to David Lennon‘s twitter page, Sheffield asked for an extension today, the Mets refused, and they’re at a standoff. No further word on a “releasing.”
Joel Sherman, from the NYPost chimes in. He says that after the Mets rejected Sheffield’s extension plea, Gary “threatened to leave the team and go home.” Sherman also says one of his sources claimed that there’s a “possibility that the Mets could release Sheffield.”
According to Steve Popper on his twitter, one Mets player claims that “Sheffield has been released.”
This is only a rumor right now, but any further confirmation will be updated promptly.
The Mets won’t save much by releasing Gary – only a small fraction of $400,000. If the rumor is true, it’s likely because Gary requested to be released and the Mets obliged. (more speculation)