Skip to content

The Cubs are looking at Ben Sheets

Jan 12, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

The Cubs are reportedly interested in Ben Sheets who, in turn, is interested in playing for the Cubs. I love it when true love blooms. The problem: Sheets reportedly has been asking for a two-year deal averaging around
$10 million to $12 million per year. 

The Cubs would be right to balk at such an asking price for a guy coming off injuries like Sheets is, but then again, the Cubs are paying Carlos Silva $8 million per for the next couple of years, so who are they to judge.

Seriously though, Sheets may be the best choice for a team really looking to make a move next season. Obviously there are still questions about his arm, but it’s not like he’s coming off Tommy John surgery. He could easily get hurt again, but if he doesn’t he could easily be a front of the rotation starter again. Given the gamble he represents, anyone who goes for Sheets would have to have the financial wherewithal to absorb his loss if and when it happens, but I think the Cubs fit that category. So too do the Phillies and the Mets who have also been rumored to be talking to Sheets’ agent.

  1. Charles Gates - Jan 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    the Cubs are paying Carlos Silva $8 million per for the next couple of years
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

  2. Alex K - Jan 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    You know why Hendry won’t sign Sheets? It makes sense. That’s why.

  3. jonny5 - Jan 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    I don’t see Sheets in the Phillies future at all. For what he wants they could have kept Lee on and got nice picks when and if they lost him to FA.

  4. N - Jan 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Apparently they enjoyed the Rich Harden experience enough to go for another of the same ilk, but not enough to just bring back Rich Harden (didn’t he sign for something like 2/19?) or even just offer Harden arbitration?

  5. Dave - Jan 12, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Sheets would be perfect for the Cubs. They wouldn’t know what to do with a pitcher that doesn’t have a history of arm trouble. This die-hard Cub fan of 50+ years predicts a solid 5th place finish for them this year. Only the Pirates are more pathetic.

  6. Sven-Erik - Jan 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Oh, but no, no, no! 5th place, you jest! It will be a Mariners-Cubs World series of course…

  7. Moses Green - Jan 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    This is another perfect opportunity to implement Craig’s pay-per-inning idea.

  8. SEO - Jan 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Good Post. I’m looking forward to your next piece

  9. Holly Cure - Jan 25, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    Saw your blog bookmarked on Digg.I love your site and marketing strategy. Check out my website if you get a chance, just click on name. My Hemorrhoid Blog – http://hemorrhoidpileshomecures.blogspot.com/

  10. online stock trading - Feb 16, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Pitching vs. history in NL wild card game
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Jeter (3484)
  2. R. Martin (2759)
  3. C. Kershaw (2692)
  4. A. Rodriguez (2265)
  5. J. Hamilton (2118)
  1. D. Gordon (2057)
  2. J. Altuve (2000)
  3. E. Volquez (1811)
  4. I. Suzuki (1791)
  5. D. Ortiz (1775)