Reasons why I think you offer him arbitration:
- He probably won't accept arbitration.
- If they don't offer arbitration, the Brewers give up two high draft picks.
- If he accepts, they have Sheets on a 1-year deal at an estimated $13 or $14 million. I'm down with a 1-year deal for Sheets.
- If he accepts and the Brewers don't want him, they could always trade him - I'm sure there are teams that would want Sheets on a 1-year deal for a reasonable (pitching-wise, anyway) salary.
If they don't offer him arbitration, the only rational explanation is that there is something major going on with his elbow.
Haudricourt is reporting that the Brewers offered arbitration to Sabathia, Sheets and Shouse. This makes sense to me.