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The Athletics land Ben Sheets

Jan 26, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ben sheets.jpgDanny Knobler of CBS reports that the offer mentioned this morning was, in fact, competitive after all:

Free agent right-hander Ben Sheets has signed with the A’s, CBS has learned.

Sheets agreed to terms on a one-year deal for more than $8 million. He
passed a physical today, and the deal is expected to be announced this

Original Big Three networks represent (R.I.P. DuMont).

Sheets is a great pickup for the A’s, especially at $8 million (Note: see below; it may have been $10 million).  If he pitches well and everything comes together, the A’s can compete.  If he pitches well and not everything comes together, he can be dealt for value to a contender at the deadline.  If he’s healthy, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him be just as good as John Lackey this year.

And if he has a setback? Well, the A’s weren’t going to do much without him, so not much is lost except a bit of money the A’s had apparently budgeted anyway.

Good signing.

UPDATE: Both Heyman and Olney are reporting that it’s not $8 million. Rather, that it’s $10 million plus bonuses.  That last $2 million plus makes this, oh, about $2 million less-good of a deal.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Johnny Damon needs to change agents. Sheets got what we all thought was too much. Damon, not as much.

  2. jwb - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    So about the same as what Arizona will be paying Brandon Webb ($8.5M), whose option they picked up in November.

  3. gumbercules - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Screw the Original Big Three…AL West in the hizzy. That division has cornered the market on “hmm..that’s a good move” moves this offseason.

  4. rainingonthewest - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    That division has the market cornered on good moves? The same division that gave Fernando Rodney 11 mill? Give credit to the A’s, but the Angels have made some pretty dimwitted moves.

  5. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Oh Sheet …………..

  6. RoyceTheBaseballHack - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    I couldn’t agree more, gum.
    I’m still a little peeved The Rangers didn’t sign him last year. I think they could have easily locked him in for similar money, especially since this is only a one-year deal. Based on Sheets’ history as a player, I felt signing him then was a safe bet, as he strikes me as the kind of guy who genuinely wanted to work hard, rehab, and do well when he came back. From the reports on his recent workouts, it looks like I was right (…for once.). In light of them sending Millwood to Baltimore, having Sheets in the rotation here to fill that void would have been nothing short of brilliant. Instead, we get Oliver, who, the last time I saw him throw in a Ranger uniform, bounced three pitches off of the grass 15 feet in front of the plate.
    Still, the AL West is going to an absolute hoot, this season. I cannot wait to see what the Mariners and A’s look like when they trot out onto the field here in Arlington. I think the ownership issues here have completely harpooned what they planned to do in the off-season, and they’ve been eclipsed by what Seattle and Oakland have been doing. I think they’ll still compete, but I’m not making any predictions of the Rangers taking the Division.

  7. Jonny5 - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Good money for a #3-4 pitcher who missed alot of time last season and is coming off surgery.

  8. willmose - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    And if he isn’t healthy, the A’s are just out $8 million. It must be nice to be able to place a $8 million bet on red on the roulette wheel.

  9. gumbercules - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    OK, Rodney was a bit of a headscratcher (as a Tigers fan I’m all too aware of this). Still: Figgins, Bradley-for-Silva, the Felix extension, Harden, Pineiro, Matusi and now Sheets…the West has done well for itself this Hot Stove Season.

  10. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    MLB last night said the Rangers look good in the long run, they have stock piled some good young players and Ryan is working on pitchers, maybe they make some progress this year.
    Hicks should have never gotten involve with the Chelsea soccer club,
    sometimes these guys get really greedy. The Glazers have some trouble too in Erope becuase of big bonus money they took from
    Manchester United, don’t mess with the British Soccer Clubs man.

  11. ecp - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    It’s $10 million plus incentives, not $8 million:

  12. AJ Gallo - Jan 26, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Wow, that’s one helluva great contract for Ben Sheets. I’m floored. But where’s the outrage? The Yankees give that kind of an outrageous contract to Sheets and I’d have to wear ear plugs for a week.

  13. YANKEES1996 - Jan 26, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    I cannot believe that Ben Sheets can command and get a contract for $10 million after being out of baseball last year. Billy Beane must have something up his sleeve, but it is not money!

  14. APBA Guy - Jan 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    So now we are looking at:
    – Sheets
    – Duchscherer
    – Braden
    – Anderson
    – Cahill
    Although Braden and Anderson won’t pitch back to back.
    Except for the injuries, there is a lot to like there. But injuries are the elephant in the room, aren’t they?
    The top three guys in that list missed a minimum of 2 months. Duke and Sheets missed the year. That’s a lot of risk for a contending team, but with at least two guys at AAA who started more than 10 games for the A’s last year Beane can take that risk.
    Also, remember that $ 8-10M is the slot money for the A’s take-a-risk veteran. First it was Frank Thomas, then Mike Piazza, then Gumby, all those guys made around $ 8M. The extra $2M comes from not paying for a complementary Mike Sweeney or Garciaparra.
    Given that Duke and Sheets will be trade bait if they pitch well, the A’s actual exposure is much less, as I’m assuming they have some insurance coverage for really lengthy injuries.
    And Sheets appearances may well arouse the slumbering fans to come to the park once in a while. Some people in the East Bay actually recognize that name.
    Still, where will the A’s find any offense? Nobody in the starting 9 had an OPS over .800 last year. Keep repeating that before you get too excited about the team.

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