Ben Sheets was off the table all of last year due to some elbow troubble. Today, Billy Beane, Oakland GM announced that the Athletics had signed the 31 year old to a one year, $8 million deal.
And it is the best deal of the year.
Not only was he fairly cheap for an ace quality pitcher, he is going to be very, very good. The man was one of the better pitchers in baseball, and he and C.C. Sabathia brought the Brewers places.
Although Sheets and Duchscher are a slightly less potent combination, they still have the posibility to be VERY good.
Enough about Sheet's teammates, let's get on to him.
In 2008, he had a 3.09 ERA, very good, with a 13-9 record. While Miller Park is certainly not a hitter park, it is not as much of a pitchers park as the Collesium is.
Since he hasn't pitched in a year, you would expect his ERA+ to hover near 116. In 2008, it was 132.
However, due to the ballpark, you should see about a 3.00 ERA.
Oakland's offense is a little less than impressive, so his win numbers might not be there.
Unless something aweful happens to that elbow, this is going to be one of the better deals this offseason.