Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bad Times for Benny

Regarding Ben Sheets, I can't say that I'm shocked.

Lord, it appears that he and his agent screwed the pooch on this one. Though what would have happened if he accepted arbitration but was broken at the time of the hearing?

I actually feel bad for Sheets. There, I said it. It's kind of how I felt when Jack Ikegwanu (I know I didn't spell that right) tore his knee up after declaring for the draft - piling unfortunate luck on top of questionable decisions.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dr. James Andrews and Ben Sheets are total BFFs

greatone said...

I'm pretty sure the Brewers would have been on the hook for his arbitration, b/c by offering it to him he is obviously health(yeah right)

K bye Ben, and btw you suck at blackjack

woziszeus said...

Doug Melvin should contact him and offer him a Chris Capuano deal. Let's see if Benny can keep up with Capuano's workout regimen.

jnizzle said...

does anyone else think the rest of his career will be spent in the bullpen?

Rubie Q said...

Unless he pulls a Kerry Wood and finally gets serious about keeping himself in shape, he's not going to have a "rest of his career."

Matt said...

It's amazing how much Tom Haudricourt and Ruben Quevedo look alike.

lofty said...

Haudricourt was on Homer this afternoon and it sounded like he was standing on the bridge ready to jump...."this is really not good for the brewers...not good at all". "It couldn't be any worse...no sheets...no compensatory draft picks....blah blah blah"

Robert said...

What a complete trainwreck of an offseason... I don't buy the "we thought it would respond to rehab" line, either. Sheets and his agent had to know the injury might require surgery. They just wanted to make sure he was under contract when it was discovered. That's why they were refusing to consider 1-year deals.

I'd like to be surprised, but I don't think Sheets has the psychological makeup necessary to grind out the rehab and re-boot his career. The Brewers dodged a bullet there. Let some other team roll the dice on him.

Todd said...

What do we think is worse...having August/September of Sheets at 12 mil or losing for zero compensation?

Robert said...

That's not even a difficult question, Todd. Let's call Aug/Sept as 1/3 of the season. If Fangraphs projects Sheets as +35 runs (and +3.5 wins) over replacement in 2009, then over 1/3 of the season that's +1.2 wins.

Paying 12 mil for 1 win (and maybe two) over a Suppan-esque replacement pitcher? That seems a little steep to me. Even the Yankees are only spending 5 mil per win in 2009 (projected).

Plus, chances are Sheets goes down with a blister at some point in those two months. Nice guy... but not such a smart athlete. Wish him well somewhere else.