MLB: Ben Sheets Gaining Interest

Jeff SpencerContributor IJanuary 19, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 15:  National League All-Star starting pitcher Ben Sheets #15 of Milwaukee Brewers looks on during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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As most of you already know, Ben Sheets spent the 2009 season recovering from surgery to fix up his torn flexor tendon, but now he seems to be feeling much better. A slew of teams will be showing up later today to see Sheets pitch for the first time in almost a year. Then soon after the bidding will begin for the 31 year-old righthander.

Sheets has a lifetime ERA of 3.72 and 1,206 strikeouts (compared to only 313 walks) over eight seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.

According to Yahoo! Sports the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets will be on hand today to see Sheets pitch. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will apparently be absent at Sheets throwing session, but the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Baltimore Orioles could possibly get involved in any bidding that occurs.

Ben Sheets has not been the least bit silent about his arm either. Sheets told reporters that his arm feels brand new and that he can easily be a No. 1 starter again. I really hope he can back this up, because if he can't, his career as a pitcher, or at least a No. 3 pitcher, will end in a hurry.

If Sheets throws well today, I really hope that the New York Mets will win any bidding war that takes place. The Mets are in dire need of a No. 3 pitcher, maybe even a No. 2, depending on Sheets performance and if Pelfrey would be willing to give up the spot.

The only other team from that list who could really use a pitcher would probably be the Toronto Blue Jays, considering they just gave their best pitcher (Roy Halladay) to the Phillies this offseason.