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Braves sign Ben Sheets to minor league contract

Jul 1, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Ben Sheets.

Sheets hasn’t appeared in a major league game since July 9, 2010, when he was a member of the A’s. And he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery a little under two years ago.

But the risk is quite low on a non-guaranteed deal.

Sheets owns a 3.79 career ERA and 1.22 career WHIP. He’s a four-time All-Star and earned National League Cy Young Award votes in 2004 after posting a sparkling 2.70 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 264/32 K/BB ratio across 237 regular-season innings with the Brewers.

The 33-year-old will head to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday to begin pitching in live games.

  1. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    best of luck to this first round pick… i can’t help but root for guys that had careers cut short by injuries. go ben!

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