The Phillies reached out to the agent for outfielder Gary Sheffield, said General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to Phillies.com reporter Todd Zolecki.
Sheff, a former All-Star outfielder, was recently released by the Tigers. He is currently stuck on 499 home runs.
He would fill the need for a power-hitting righty who can play the outfield.
Sheffield in red pinstripes -- it seems to only be a pipe dream. The chances that the Phillies sign Sheffield are "very slim," reported the Philly Inquirer.
Jenkins came to Philly with big expectations but wound up only playing a platoon role for his one season in Philly.
The 31-year-old outfielder signed a two-year deal before last season. He had spent his first decade in baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers.
He played 115 games last season, batting .246 with 16 doubles, 9 homers and 29 RBI.
Unless Jenks is claimed on waivers, the Phillies will need to pony up his entire salary, including a buy-out option.
Jenkins was a contributor to last season's World Series championship team. He doubled then scored the go-ahead run in Game 5 after the game was suspended for two days.
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