Why is this story a surprise to anyone?
Really? Because the Brewers didn't negotiate an extension with him last offseason, Ben Sheets is going to test the free agent market?
If the Brewers would have offered a big money extension to Sheets in the offseason, Brewers fans would have been called for Melvin's head due to his gross incompetence. What a waste of money! He always gets hurt! Blah blah blah.
But now that Sheets has produced a sterling first half with only one minor injury, people are falling all over themselves in terror that the Brewers are going to lose Sheets.
You know what? I'd hate to lose Sheets. He's the only guy on this team with ace stuff when he's right (Gallardo included).
But I'm also resigned to the fact that he'll probably be somebody else's injury headache for the next several years, because Milwaukee has been down that road before with Ben. They're not going to give him $18 million a year. It just isn't going to happen. Somebody else probably will. It's hard to find a true #1 starter, which is why he's going to get paid.
Would it be nice if he gave the Brewers a "home town" discount because of the last 4 injury-ravaged years he spent as a highly compensated Brewer? Sure. But we know that's not going to happen either. He has pitched just enough, and shown ace stuff when healthy, to entice some team to sign him to the big deal, injuries be damned.
Because we root for the Brewers, a team that can't afford to make an $18 million a year mistake, I've accepted the fact that Sheets will be pitching for somebody else next year.