As most of you already know, Ben Sheets spent the 2009 season recovering from surgery to fix up his torn flexor tendon, but now he seems to be recovering pretty good. A slew of teams will be showing up later today to see Sheets pitch for the first time in almost a year. Then soon after, the bidding will begin for the 31 year-old right hander.
Sheets has a lifetime ERA of 3.72 and 1,206 strikeouts over eight seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers to only 313 walks.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets will be on hand today to see Sheets pitch.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will apparently not be present at Sheets throwing session, but the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Baltimore Orioles could possibly get involved in any bidding that occurs.
Ben Sheets has not been the least bit silent about his arm either. Sheets told reporters that his arm feels brand new and that he can easily be a number one starting pitcher again.
If Sheets throws well today, I really hope that the New York Mets will win any bidding war that takes place. The Mets are in dire need of a third pitcher in the rotation, and he could be a solid number two depending on his performance going forward.
The one team that could give the Mets plenty of competition for the pitcher, could be the Toronto Blue Jays who just lost their ace Roy Halladay to the Phillies.