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Ben Sheets to throw for potential suitors on Tuesday

Jan 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

Tim Kurkjian reports that Ben Sheets is tan, rested and ready:

“That was my first summer off. No baseball player can even remember the
last summer he had off. I did July 4th and Labor Day with the family.
The time off refreshed me. It made me realize how much I love baseball.
I missed the camaraderie with the guys. I feel fantastic . . . It was frustrating not being able to play, but it made me want to play even more in the 2010 season.”

His first step towards that goal comes Tuesday when Sheets is going to audition for anyone who might be interested at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Sheets claims to be healthy and says that “they’re going to like what they see.”

Lots of teams are likely interested, including the Mets, Phillies and if they have any brains, the Dodgers.  Kurjian says, however, that Seattle may be a dark horse, given Sheets’ relationship with GM Jack Zduriencik, who used to be in Milwaukee.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 14, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    It took me a moment to parse the title of your blog, but I guess it’s still better than “Sheets to hurl for potential suitors on Thursday.”

  2. Zonebrick - Jan 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    If there’s any chance this guy is healthy I want him! And every major league team should also….

  3. Daniel - Jan 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    How much would I love to see the Angels get Sheets? What do they have to lose? They’re obviously still trying to win this year (as evidenced by their $115 million payroll), but their rotation at this point: Weaver (The Younger), Saunders (Pitch to Contact and Hope), Santana (No, the OTHER One), and Kazmir (How’s the Arm?). Their 5th starter is going to be some barely marginal prospect.
    Sign Sheets for $5 million. He may add a few wins over whoever you’d throw out there anyway. And marginal wins for the Angels are huge right now, given that they are one of 3 teams in the West looking to win between 85 – 90 games. I’d think the risk/reward here is HUGE.

  4. Zonebrick - Jan 15, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Doesn’t sound as if a paltry $5M will get it done unless there is much in the way of relatively easily attainable incentives.

  5. Moses Green - Jan 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    The title made me think there was a new reality show starting – who wants to marry an injury-prone multi-millionaire?

  6. CJ - Jan 15, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    As a huge Brewers fan.. someone else please take Sheets. He’s great when he’s on, but he’s usually never ON more than half a season because he’s injured. Some people just don’t have the body to withstand a full major league season, no matter how much conditioning, and no matter how much preparation, some bodies are just going to be prone to injury, and it appears that Sheets has one of those bodies. He’s a great player, but with the salary freed up from not having oft-injured Sheets on the payroll, the Brewers have been able to sign some really good young (and veteran) talent. Good riddance Ben “drain on the payroll” Sheets!

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