Gotta admit I’m a bit surprised about this:

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday night that he is meeting on Thursday with Gary Sheffield, the slugger who spent the last two years with the Detroit Tigers.

Baker made the comments on Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty’s Sports Talk radio show on 700 WLW-AM. …

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed Wednesday night that the team will talk to Sheffield, and said the Reds would consider signing him.

“Perhaps, it’s something we’ve talked about,” Jocketty said. “We’re going to at least explore the possibility. He’s still a threat in the lineup … if the price is right.”

Wait, is this 1999?

Okay, here’s my take…I can’t see that Sheffield, at age 40, brings any more to the table than Jonny Gomes or Chris Dickerson (and I’m not a particularly big Dickerson fan). I guess, if they decided to sign Sheffield, Gomes would be the one to go.

In the article linked above, you can listen to the audio of Dusty’s comments about Sheffield. Also, Jocketty mentioned that the Reds are going to look into Geoff Jenkins, and see whether he might be an option.

Finally, take a look at this. It says that the Reds are going to offer Pedro Martinez a one-year contract.

The season is almost here, but things are already getting to be fun around here. What are your thoughts on the Sheffield thing?

UPDATE: After talking to Dusty Baker, John Fay guesses that Sheffield will not be a Red.

UPDATE 2: Add Frank Catalanotto to the list of players the Reds are interested in, according to Jocketty.