Sheets Impresses In Throwing Session

WEDNESDAY, 7:52am: Sheets topped out at 92 mph on Tuesday, writes Tabby Soignier of The News-Star.  Mariners scout John Stearns' take:

"I was impressed.  Ben was free and easy, throwing the ball really well with not too much effort. He had good velocity. I was especially impressed with his curve ball. He's got a plus Major League curve ball with a lot of depth to it."

Soignier noted the presence of the Giants and Pirates, two clubs not on our list below (via Twitter, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette already says the Bucs won't be bidding).  Ed Price of AOL FanHouse adds the Phillies and Athletics, while adding more about Sheets' three throwing sessions.  Click here to see video from the session, as well as Sheets' interview with MLB Network's Trenni Kusnierek.

MONDAY, 7:14pm: Ben Sheets will have quite an audience when he throws for interested teams on Tuesday. It's no surprise that clubs are curious about the 31-year-old. He has a 3.72 ERA and nearly four times as many strikeouts as walks in his eight-year MLB career. He missed last year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, so clubs want to see if Sheets is back in form before signing him. The right-hander told ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian that he feels "refreshed" and "fantastic." Here's a list of teams that will be on hand this week to see for themselves.


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186 Comments on "Sheets Impresses In Throwing Session"


Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Either Mariners, Mets, or Blue Jays. I’ll say Mets.

RangersFTW
5 years 7 months ago

hopefully the Rangers get him. once the Ownership thing is solved they could land him.

eacree
5 years 7 months ago

the cubs need him badly………

5 years 7 months ago

the mets need him more.

CubsWorldChampsPleaseB4IDie
5 years 7 months ago

But who would want to play for the Mets right now? I believe he’d like to play at Wrigley, and stay in the NL Central, which would include a lot of games against the Brewers both at Wrigley and at Miller Park.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Really? Who wants to play for the Cubs? The Cubs had a season like the Mets, except with all their players (except Aramis…trying comparing him to Delgado+Beltran+Reyes…) healthy.

CubsWorldChampsPleaseB4IDie
5 years 7 months ago

83-78 2nd place, 7.5 games out vs. 70-92 4th place, 23 games out? Cubs had a lot of injuries, all teams do. Cubs could win NL Central with Sheets. Mets no chance.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Weren’t the Cubs supposed to dominate the NL Central? They should have been so much better than what they were. Our team is much better with yours when we are healthy.

cmat91
5 years 7 months ago

why wouldnt he want to play for the mets? according to everyone Citi is pitcher friendly n this is just the way he needs to get his stats back on track. mets are easily contenders once all their starters are back and if they add sheets as a 2 and piniero as a 3. they can sign them two and maybe delgado n theyre fine.

Ry_the_Stunner
5 years 7 months ago

How about 2008? The Met were plenty healthy then…and the Cubs dominated the entire NL and the Mets choked back and out of the playoffs. I don’t see significant differences between those two teams in present day.

5 years 7 months ago

Ry… got one phrase for you that I always try to explain to people. From the great movie of Talladega Nights. “If you’re not first, you’re last.” If you don’t win a world series it means literally NOTHING. You made the playoffs great. You moved your spot in the draft back further, you played longer and had more wear and tear on your players, and you wind up with the same thing at the end of the season, nothing.

If you don’t win it all, the division win, the NLDS win, the NLCS win, all mean nothing, as nothing has been achieved.

This is coming from a Sox fan who got spanked in the ALDS, so you know it hurts to say.

5 years 7 months ago

ummm…losing your closer in August…a starter…( maine )…another starter ( pedro ) ..your LF ( alou )…and RF ( church ) is not exactly what i call healthy…

5 years 7 months ago

Strongly disagree with you here. The Mets had like 20 guys with extended DL stints. The Cubs really only lost Ramirez, which is a big loss. But its nothing compared to the losses the Mets took last season. Putz, Delgado, Beltran, Reyes, all spent time on the DL. Church/Francour swap I felt and still feel was a bad move.

Mets have a strong shot at division if Beltran indeed gets healthy early and they sign a high upside starter in Sheets. The Phillies had a few lucky factors work for them last season, and it showed when they got absolutely spanked by the Yankees in the World Series. And I think they will miss Cliff Lee, even with Roy Halladay. Just a side note.

5 years 7 months ago

Pitchers would LOVE to play in CitiField I would think. Especially a guy like Sheets who will get a 1 year deal that he wants to impress on. I go with Mariners or Mets on this one due to the pitcher friendly parks.

Secondly, I’m cheering for the Cubs to win, but you guys got a long way to go. When you are in such a payroll nightmare (a position I believe the Yanks will join you at in 2-3 years), that you are making trades like Bradley for Silva and exchanging other bad contracts just to hope that something magically changes, I would say the Cubs are a MUCH more unhappy destination than the Mets. Just putting it how I see it.

Mets are 1 bat away from a top notch offense when Beltran is healthy, and 1 arm away from a top rotation. They have a top of the line closer. I’m also almost positive they have a little more payroll flexibility than the Cubbies. Just a thought with nothing more than simple logic behind it, and I could wind up being wrong. I do not see the Cubs signing Sheets. I think John Smoltz is a better target for the Cubbies.

thomascarney
5 years 7 months ago

He would have much better stats pitching for the Mets in Citi Field then at Wrigley

5 years 7 months ago

I really thought the angels would go after him, maybe they’re not trying to compete this year. In that case the dodgers, mets, then mariners. Dodgers have done little to nothing this offseason, mets need starting pitching depth, or depth in general. And the way the Mariners have been linked to basically every free agent, and the guys they’ve signed so far, they’re ready to compete. A 1 2 3 of Felix Lee and Sheets isn’t bad.

5 years 7 months ago

read my comment just above you Dylan. I agree with you entirely, the Angels are ok with throwing away next season. They have cleared some payroll space, and with whats available, they are smart to wait to make a splash next year. Don’t get discouraged, because the Angels may still surprise us. They don’t have a terrible rotation, that has a big upside, and they still have a fairly strong lineup.

i miss brendan ryan's mustache
5 years 7 months ago

I’m surprised there arent more teams interested.
Seems like this is the type of guy the Royals should look to grab. A 1-2 of Greinke, Sheets (if healthy) would certainly help gain some respectability. Nationals too.. all assuming it doesnt quickly become a bidding war. On the cheap, he’s a great pick up if healthy

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

Exactly – they must feel they’ll get priced out. If only they had the 16.5 mil of Guillen/Farnsworth to throw around.

i miss brendan ryan's mustache
5 years 7 months ago

What does it cost to fly a scout out there and put him up for the night.. $600?? At the very least check him out. Maybe (probably) they get priced out, maybe they dont. If not for yourself, at least get a fresh look at a potential opponent.

BlueCatuli
5 years 7 months ago

best screen name EVER!

5 years 7 months ago

Agreed. Great name.
Secondly, couldn’t agree more that they should have at least taken a look, but I do think the Angels are set to go with what they’ve got, which is not good enough to go deep in playoffs even if they make it. But next year, they will have more money free for a crop of free agents like we haven’t seen in recent memory (barring some extension signings during the season).

5 years 7 months ago

keep in mind that the Reds came out of nowhere and signed Chapman. The Yanks came out of nowhere last year and signed Teixeira. The big splash offer could certainly come if no one pony’s up the right dollars early enough. This is the reason I support the Holliday deal by the Cardinals, because if they had made a small, silly offer like 5/85-95, Cashman would have gone back to the Steinbrenners and said, “Look, open payroll just a few million and I can lock this guy down for 6/110 with a team option for a 7th year.”

The splash will come for Sheets, though I do not expect it to be the Yankees. Nationals are not a bad guess though.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

This guy is a big risk after being out a whole season with nerve damage in his elbow, He misses a lot of game due to blisters and minor aches and pains from 2005 to 2009 he stuck it to the brewers for almost 39 million dollars, and he won a total of 41 games,about a million dollars a win. He throws hard and he is exciting but any team who has a man crush on him and pays him big bucks deserves what they get. Maybe a one year contract for a couple of million, and an incentive package where if he can complete 200 innings or over, win 15 games make all his starts then he can earn his 10 million a year or more.

not_brooks
5 years 7 months ago

I’ll do you all a favor and rule out the Orioles.

You’re welcome.

JohnOrpheus
5 years 7 months ago

Cards sign him… I’m calling it.

5 years 7 months ago

Come on Dodgersss!

the812
5 years 7 months ago

ill do u a favor and rule out the brewers.. unless he wants to come back and pitch for the money they paid him in his last contract that he didnt deserve

mstrchef13
5 years 7 months ago

It has been reported on our local blogoshpere that the Orioles will not be there. Apparently the Orioles contacted Sheets’ agent and asked for his medical records, but never received them. My guess is that Sheets is too much of a coward to try pitching in the AL East.

CardinalsOwn
5 years 7 months ago

I wish the cardinals would sign him.

5 years 7 months ago

ordered list of fans who should be afraid of the contract he might be given if their team signs him:

Cubs
Mets
Cardinals
Dodgers

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 7 months ago

I dont think he gets more than 1 year and a vesting or player opition. On one Dodger blog, a fan suggested 8M guaranteed with 2M in performance bonuses(games started, innings pitched, etc) and a 12M vesting option that vests with X number of starts.

I think he has accepted the fact that he isn’t getting 12M a year for multiple years, which is the reason he has to throw for teams.

8M guaranteed with 2M bonuses and a 12M vesting option isn’t bad, at all.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

I do not think you would want to give this guy 8 million dollars in the last 5 years he had 41 wins and the brewers paid him just a few dollars short of 39 million dollars, almost a million dollars a win. If the dodgers are going to gamble on a reclaimation project I would rather see them spend less money and gamble with a guy like Padilla, or at least take a look at lowery and see what he has left.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 7 months ago

I’d much rather see Sheets in the rotation instead of Lowery or Padilla. Simply because our prospects could and probably will do better than either Lowery or Padilla. Sheets is an ace when healthy and is most likely willing to be a mentor to Billingsley. Given the fact that Padilla will get at least 5M(look at what Penny got), the contract I said would be a 3M difference, guaranteed.

If we signed Lowery, I wouldnt be sure he’d make it out of camp, let alone be good enough to be our 5th starter. Now, he wont get 5M, but I wouldnt be totally shocked if he was signed as well as a guy like Sheets, Padilla, Garland, etc, in case someone gets hurt or a prospect struggles.

Finally, think if Sheets is healthy and pitches to what he shows he can do. He has a career 3.72 ERA and from 04 to 08(when he seemed to get comfortable in the majors, he had a 3.24 ERA). AKA, when healthy, he is a very solid #2, if not better. For 8M, thats a steal…

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

Do you think the twelve million plus dollars he got last year was a steal? Ask the Brewers what a steal he was. Sheets is coming off of torn flexor tendon surgery. You might want to look up what kind of injury it is before you spend 8 million dollars in your fantasy league on him.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 7 months ago

Sheets made no money last year. None. In 2008, he made 12M and pitched to a 3.09 ERA. He earned his money. He had a 4.4 WAR and was worth 20M, according to fangraphs.

And yes, he had shoulder surgery. So has 1/3 of the league’s pitchers. Given his track record, he will get money at least equal to other reclamation projects. Given that Penny got 7.5M, an 8M base for Sheets, a far superior pitcher, isnt a stretch, at all. Let alone something someone dreams up in a ‘fantasy league’

otirol
5 years 7 months ago

8 mill for a career 86-83 pitcher who averages 156 innings a season is pretty steep.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 7 months ago

Sheets made no money last year. None. In 2008, he made 12M and pitched to a 3.09 ERA. He earned his money. He had a 4.4 WAR and was worth 20M, according to fangraphs.

And yes, he had shoulder surgery. So has 1/3 of the league’s pitchers. Given his track record, he will get money at least equal to other reclamation projects. Given that Penny got 7.5M, an 8M base for Sheets, a far superior pitcher, isnt a stretch, at all. Let alone something someone dreams up in a ‘fantasy league’

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

Do you think the twelve million plus dollars he got last year was a steal? Ask the Brewers what a steal he was. Sheets is coming off of torn flexor tendon surgery. You might want to look up what kind of injury it is before you spend 8 million dollars in your fantasy league on him.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 7 months ago

I’d much rather see Sheets in the rotation instead of Lowery or Padilla. Simply because our prospects could and probably will do better than either Lowery or Padilla. Sheets is an ace when healthy and is most likely willing to be a mentor to Billingsley. Given the fact that Padilla will get at least 5M(look at what Penny got), the contract I said would be a 3M difference, guaranteed.

If we signed Lowery, I wouldnt be sure he’d make it out of camp, let alone be good enough to be our 5th starter. Now, he wont get 5M, but I wouldnt be totally shocked if he was signed as well as a guy like Sheets, Padilla, Garland, etc, in case someone gets hurt or a prospect struggles.

Finally, think if Sheets is healthy and pitches to what he shows he can do. He has a career 3.72 ERA and from 04 to 08(when he seemed to get comfortable in the majors, he had a 3.24 ERA). AKA, when healthy, he is a very solid #2, if not better. For 8M, thats a steal…

5 years 7 months ago

From 2004-2008, Sheets was 53-44 with an ERA+ of 134. By comparrison, the Brewers as a team averaged 79 wins. It would seem that the Brewers should be thankful they had Sheets so they wouldn’t have been a perennial last place team. I’m pretty impressed that a guy on a team that was 15 games below-.500 could himself be 9 games over .500.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

I do not think you would want to give this guy 8 million dollars in the last 5 years he had 41 wins and the brewers paid him just a few dollars short of 39 million dollars, almost a million dollars a win. If the dodgers are going to gamble on a reclaimation project I would rather see them spend less money and gamble with a guy like Padilla, or at least take a look at lowery and see what he has left.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Why would Dodger fans be “afraid of” giving Sheets a one or two-year deal? No chance they give him 3+ years, so there’s really nothing to be “afraid” of.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

It is not the fans that are afraid, it would a concern to any club who would shell out big money for a guy who had to sit out a year , If he goes down you are stuck with the contract and it may keep you from signing someone with less risk or being able to pick up salary at the trade deadline when you are in a pennant race. Sheets has great stuff but you are running a business and the guy is fragile as glass. The brewers cut bait with him and signed Randy Wolf. If he wants to sign for an incentive based contract with a small salary, then maybe a second year vestion option based on preformance that would be a saftey net for the team signing him, and if he preforms well he gets the money he wants.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

It is not the fans that are afraid, it would a concern to any club who would shell out big money for a guy who had to sit out a year , If he goes down you are stuck with the contract and it may keep you from signing someone with less risk or being able to pick up salary at the trade deadline when you are in a pennant race. Sheets has great stuff but you are running a business and the guy is fragile as glass. The brewers cut bait with him and signed Randy Wolf. If he wants to sign for an incentive based contract with a small salary, then maybe a second year vestion option based on preformance that would be a saftey net for the team signing him, and if he preforms well he gets the money he wants.

timmah_55
5 years 7 months ago

I’m surprised the Giants are even going to watch. He would be a fit for them at the 4th or 5th spot in the rotation. Considering the money they saved by not signing Adam LaRoche, they should let Bumgarner get some more seasoning at triple A and have a dominate rotation to compensate for their lack of offense. Imagine a rotation of Lincecum, Cain, Sheets, Sanchez, and Zito.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 7 months ago

do you mean aren’t going to watch?

Even so, I think it was proven last year that if you have crazy pitching but a crappy offense, in a division with the Rockies, Dodgers and possibly the Dbacks, you aren’t getting into the playoffs without a lot of luck.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 7 months ago

Look at the Curveballs on these top 3 Starters for the Cards potentially…
Carpenter
Wainwright
Sheets

Redbirds16
5 years 7 months ago

The Cards will get out-bid. This is just due-diligence. Understanding that, the ceiling for the Cards rotation would be sick. Penny and Lohse aren’t to be under-estimated.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 7 months ago

Lohse and Penny will have great years IMO. I mean Lohse had a 1.83 ERA before he got hurt and Penny did fine in the NL. Dave Duncan will do wonders with the staff this year and if we have a solid 5 starter consider us the #1 seed. Potential Rotation….
Carp
Waino
Lohse
Penny
Garcia/Hawksworth/Boggs/McClellan/Looper?

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Looking at Lohse’s game log from last year and I don’t see when he had a 1.83 ERA. He had a 2.42 ERA after four starts after jamming his knee in start number four, but when he went on the DL in June, he had a 3.99 ERA.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Looking at Lohse’s game log from last year and I don’t see when he had a 1.83 ERA. He had a 2.42 ERA after four starts after jamming his knee in start number four, but when he went on the DL in June, he had a 3.99 ERA.

5 years 7 months ago

We thought the same thing too here in LA. That is, until halfway through the season he gets bored with dating Allisa Milano and throwing complete games. Dude is a cancer.

Redbirds16
5 years 7 months ago

The Cards run a pretty tight ship when it comes to that.

Scott Rolen’s a great guy and he found himself out of town pretty quickly when clubhouse tensions rose. Ozzie, as great as he was, found himself retiring in a different fashion than he desired. Julian Tavarez as well. People attribute this to La Russa, and that might have been true with Jockety (Jockety himself might be an example) around. But after Chris Duncan was traded last year, I think a case is to be made that the organization as a whole doesn’t have problems letting people go, no matter who they are. Big contract, small contract, favorite of the manager, favorite of the fans, whoever… The best thing for the team is often a hard call, and the Cardinals are pretty good at running people out of town when they become detrimental to team morale.

bighair
5 years 7 months ago

gulp gulp….that koolaid tastes good doesn’t it.

If you take the bias glasses off, you might get a better perspective of the sport of baseball at the MLB level.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 7 months ago

Kool-Aid? How about reality? Dave Duncan can make anyone good. Look at Carpenter before he came to STL and after. The stats prove Dunc is the best in the game.

DarthBusey
5 years 7 months ago

This is true. Dave Duncan is a significant factor in evaluating St. Louis pitchers. I think the Cards will save themselves some cash and go after Chien-Ming Wang (whose sinker is right up Duncan’s alley) instead of Sheets at half the cost.

5 years 7 months ago

I’ll guess that the Mets will sign one of Sheets or Piniero, and the Dodgers will sign the other.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

updated probabilities of landing Sheets:

Rangers: 20%
Cardinals: 10%
Blue Jays: 15%
Dodgers: 31%
Brewers: 11%
Mets: 13%
Jim Hendry: 0.001%

InTheKZone
5 years 7 months ago

I dunno. I wouldn’t put it past Hendry to sign him to a 5 year/$100m deal with incentives of $2m for every 5 games he starts.

Maximus_Mansteel
5 years 7 months ago

Don’t forget the full no trade clause.

rzepczynski
5 years 7 months ago

Jays will sign him to a 1 year deal then ship him at deadline when hes proven healthy, they have plent of money to spend

rzepczynski
5 years 7 months ago

Jays will sign him to a 1 year deal then ship him at deadline when hes proven healthy, they have plent of money to spend

connorburke
5 years 7 months ago

god please say the twins are atleast interested in Ben Sheets
Not some loser like washburn

Maximus_Mansteel
5 years 7 months ago

Is it me, or does it seem like the Twins are done for this offseason? They only seem interested in the Mauer extension (a good priority), and perhaps they’re holding everything else up because they’re not sure how much money will be invested in the new contract. After seeing the young guys in the rotation last year, and how poorly they did (although there were a couple good performaces in the second half) I would love to see a veteran presence other than Pavano in the rotation.

stlfan03
5 years 7 months ago

Carpenter
Wainwright
Sheets
Penny
Lohse

that would be the best rotation in baseball. cards get him. calling it right now

rzepczynski
5 years 7 months ago

thats not the best rotation in baseball, its not even better than the cards last years rotation,

Cards_Fanboy
5 years 7 months ago

I suppose that depends on your opinion of how Penny, Lohse, and Sheets will do…

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

ok who do you think is the best rotation in baseball? the redsox? they have essentially 3 guys at the top of their rotation which have stats of #2 guys(which isnt a bad thing) as opposed to the cardinals who if they were to get sheets would have two Cy young contenders and a #2 guy at the top 3..they bottom 2 are as much of questionmarks as the redsox..i cant think of who else you were referring to when you say the cards rotation wouldnt be the best…

maybe Seattle, but after Lee and Hernandez, things take a pretty steep drop off…

rzepczynski
5 years 7 months ago

sabathia,burnett,sheets,pettite,vazquez is better
or lester,becket,lackey,sheets,dice-k/bucholz
penny and lohse? for what long reliever thats the only spot they will have on a winning team this year