Quick Hits: Sheets, Braves, Phillies, Royals

Saturday afternoon linkage..

  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports recaps the unusual story of how Ben Sheets wound up hooking on with the Braves.  The 34-year-old, who had interest from a number of clubs, told Rosenthal that the situation in Atlanta fit him perfectly even though the offer wasn't necessarily the best.  The veteran prefers the National League, likes the pitcher's advantage in Turner Field, and enjoys the humidity of the Southeast.  Sheets' deal is for the prorated portion of $2.25MM and includes up to $1.4MM in incentives.
  • While Ruben Amaro Jr. & Co. are staying positive about the 2012 season, the Phillies should be making moves with 2013 and beyond in mind, opines Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • We could see familiar August trade subjects such as Jeff Francoeur go through the process once more this year, writes Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated.  Other top candidates to be moved include Carlos Lee of the Marlins, Jose Lopez of the Indians, and Scott Hairston of the Mets.
  • Dominican third baseman Juan Carlos Arias failed his age investigation, a major league source told Ben Badler of Baseball America.  The 6-foot-3, 220 pound prospect stood out for his raw power and strength but will now have to wait until June 12, 2013 to sign.

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11 Comments on "Quick Hits: Sheets, Braves, Phillies, Royals"

3 years 25 days ago

always enjoyed watching sheets pitch, and i’ve enjoyed watching him far more wearing the tomahawk instead of mowing our hitters down with that 12-6’er. what a godsend so far.

let’s hope maholm works out nearly as well.

3 years 25 days ago

LOL @ 6’3 220lb and 16YO. They couldn’t have added at least one more year to the guys alleged birth year to try and get him a deal?

3 years 25 days ago

That’s was my height and weight at 16. Now I’m the same height and about 30 lb. lighter. Baby fat…

3 years 25 days ago

Hey.. It wasn’t any offense :-)

Was referring to a “built” baseball athlete and how many are there like that even 19-20YO at that size?

3 years 25 days ago

Stanton is one of the few that comes to mind. Harper is pretty built as well, but like you’re saying, pretty dang rare.

(Heyward and Trout are also built, but aren’t massively built guys like Stanton imo)

Devern Hansack
3 years 25 days ago

Same. At 13, I was 6’1″ and 220. At 16, I was 6’4″ and 275 and a three sport athlete (football, baseball, swimming). It’s totally plausible.

Robb Logan
3 years 25 days ago

Verducci apparently has not been watching the Carlos Lee stuff. Lee will only go to a state with zero taxes now. He is a stuffed shirt. El Caballo sadly has gone from a guy who loved the game to a guy who loves his fat wallet. He could care less about rings.

3 years 24 days ago

And the left claims taxes never factor into where people move to and from.

3 years 25 days ago

Im pretty sure most people come to the southeast for the humidity. That and the traffic.

whatever works for ya Sheets, whatever works.

3 years 25 days ago

Is Sheets going to become arbitration eligible because of his time off or will he be a free agent after the season?

3 years 25 days ago

Can we assume that the Jose Lopez of the 2009 Mariners no longer exists? There’s no chance that the mystical, magical “change of scenery” will bring that player back? Thanks, just checking.