Via MLB Trade Rumors, a Mets blog is reporting that Ben Sheets is asking for 2 years, $18 million with a 3rd year option and incentives. The Mets want to do a Brad Penny-type deal, with a low guaranteed amount and a bunch of incentives.
If this is true, there has to be something seriously wrong with Sheets' health, to the point that he is not confident about pitching a lot in 2009, doesn't there? Why else wouldn't he go for a 1-year deal to re-establish his value? Why would he want an extra year at $9 m/year, when he turned down arbitration which would have netted him in the ballpark of $13 m for next year?
The only answer that makes sense to me is he wants more guaranteed money ($18 m vs. $13 m) because he isn't sure he can pitch a lot in 2009. Or maybe his agent screwed up by telling him to decline arbitration. Or maybe a combination of the two.
I know lots of fans want the Brewers to bring Sheets back, and part of me does too, but do we want to deal with this again?