Ben Sheets is an Oakland Athletic.
The former Brewers ace signed a one-year deal worth $8 million, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. Sheets passed a physical and the deal is done.
It would’ve been nice to see Sheets in a Brewers uniform on a low-risk contract, but after it became evident Sheets was looking for bigger bucks, it was a good idea for the Brewers to move on. Sheets is obviously an injury risk and the Brewers can’t gamble too much on an arm as they have a lot of wasted dollars in the rotation already (Thanks, Suppan).
And, luckily, Sheets can’t hurt the Brewers too much now even if he remains healthy and pitches well this year (barring a World Series match up). How bad would it have stung if Big Ben signed with the Cubs, started 30 plus games and posted Cy Young-caliber numbers? I hope he puts together a nice season out West.
Congrats, Ben. Thanks for some great memories as a Brewer. And good luck.