MLB Free Agency: 5 Teams Ben Sheets Could Help in Pennant Races

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IJune 14, 2012

MLB Free Agency: 5 Teams Ben Sheets Could Help in Pennant Races

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    Ben Sheets has played in just 20 games since the 2008 season, but that does not mean he is ready to give up on pitching in the big leagues. Tim Dierkes, of MLB Trade Rumors, has reported that Sheets has begun to make a comeback.

    While Sheets does want to start playing again, Dierkes noted that Sheets does not want to return unless he is completely healthy. If that is the case, a number of teams will be fighting it out to try to sign him.

    Dierkes noted that the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels all saw him throw.

    If Sheets decides to make a comeback, they will certainly not be the only teams that try to go after him.

New York Yankees

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    The New York Yankees are in first pace in the American League East, despite the fact they have struggled a bit this year. One area that needs help is their starting rotation.

    Ben Sheets could slot-in nicely at the back of the Yankees' rotation. He would provide them with a solid starter that could help them make a deep run in the playoffs.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to Ryan Dempster by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

    Ben Sheets could be an alternative option for the Dodgers this summer. Sheets would be cheaper, and the Dodgers would not need to give anything up to get him.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Even though the Los Angels Angels spent a large sum of money on prized free agents this season, they still have not been able to find their way into first place.

    The back end of the Angels rotation has struggled this year. Ben Sheets could help solve some of those problems. He is an experienced arm that could help lead the Angels to the World Series.

Cleveland Indians

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    It seems the American League Central race may come down to one of three teams this year. Whoever makes the best move this summer could be the one that plays deep into the fall.

    The Cleveland Indians could pursue Ben Sheets this summer to improve their starting rotation. Adding Sheets would give the Indians another starter that they can rely on.

New York Mets

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    The New York Mets were not supposed to be playoff contenders this year, but they are playing like they did not know that. They have a chance to reach the playoffs this year as a wild card team.

    Signing Ben Sheets would fit in with the Mets plans moving forward. He would be a short term solution that could help them this season and then be replaced by either Zack Wheeler or Matt Harvey in the future.