On Tuesday the Tigers cut 40-year-old Gary Sheffield, and the Times went into valedictory mode, wondering if his 499 home runs would get the presumably finished slugger, best known for days of glory with the Yankees, into the Hall of Fame. Well, maybe he’ll get 500 after all with the New York Mets. The Star-Ledger says Sheffield signed with the Mets today. It’s said he’ll get the league minimum: $400,000, prorated. It’s still a gamble. Can we keep him interested after he gets #500? The Mets have had a very mixed record with aging stars: will he be a Tom Glavine, or a Bobby Bonilla? Ah, our Mets — always keeping it interesting. Photo (cc) Kevin Ward.