Corine Gatti of AHN has some new information about former Brewers ace, Ben Sheets.
Sheets’ agent Casey Close said that his client is returning.
“We have already heard from a number of teams inquiring about Ben’s health and availability for 2010,” Close told ESPN.com Friday. “I will tell you that he has a very good chance to be one of the most impactful free agents, without question.”
The New York Yankees, New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers are some of the organizations reportedly interested in Sheets.
Sheets underwent surgery on his right elbow in February after a failed attempt to latch on with a team as a free agent. The Mets were not one of the teams pursuing him at the time.
The recovery time for this type of surgery is between 10-12 months and it would appear that Sheets could be ready in time for spring training.
In 2008, while with the Brewers, Sheets finished the season with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He allowed 181 hits and struck out 158 batters in 198 innings pitched.
I have no problem with the Mets trying to acquire the former All Star pitcher, but only after they first bolster their rotation with either John Lackey or Roy Halladay.
The 31 year old Sheets, could end up being a great low-risk/high-reward type player and may be worth a flyer for the back of the rotation.