Ben Sheets, Texas Rangers Deal Might Be Dead After Failed Physical

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IFebruary 5, 2009

BREAKING NEWS...It seems that late last week the Texas Rangers and free agent pitcher Ben Sheets had agreed in principle upon a deal and that only the physical stood in the way.

However, that physical proved to be very damaging to the contract and relationship.

Ben Sheets and Milwaukee Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash announced today that Sheets very likely will be undergoing elbow surgery.

The surgery would be to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing elbow.

The Texas Rangers could still sign Sheets to a contract that included rehab time and a hopeful and likely return to the Major Leagues, but the Rangers are apparently not sticking around to find out if that will happen.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels stated early this morning, "we've maintained contact but I'm not optimistic at this point."

Sheets is still an employee of the Milwaukee Brewers and it seems that they will be stuck with the bill of paying for Sheets' surgery.

Sheets has had a very successful pitching career when he has been healthy, unfortunately for him he has a career full of injuries and time spent on the disabled list.

I personally wish Ben Sheets a successful surgery and speedy recovery, and maybe in a couple years, the Rangers could take another run at him, but for now, it's time to turn the page and move forward with the team we have.