Ben Sheets was a good pitcher with a bright future as the ace for the Milwaukee Brewers staff from 2003 to July 2008. I say July 2008 because the Brewers acquired CC Sabathia from the Cleveland Indians in early July of '08.
It was really all down hill from there for Sheets.
Sheets then took a back seat to the fire balling Sabathia. Sabathia would pitch complete games on three days rest, propelling the Brewers to the playoffs as the NL Wild Card winner.
Sheets struggled, and filed for free agency after the Brewers' first round loss to the eventual World Series Champions, the Philadelphia Phillies three games to one.
Both Sabathia and Sheets filed for free agency, with Sabathia getting that huge deal from the New York Yankees, for seven years $161 million.
Sheets, as of June 5, 2009, remains unsigned.
How could the ace of the Milwaukee Brewers fall so far?
Sheets has had some injury problems in the past. He is supposed to have elbow surgery soon, to repair the torn flexor in the elbow. Most teams were put off by that. In the slow free agent market of the 2008-2009 offseason, the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers showed interest in Sheets.
But Sheets remains unsigned.
Sheets will probably have to wait until 2010 to be picked up by a team, and still he probably will be a non-roster invitee, and will likely start the 2010 season in AAA.