Door still closed between Sheets, Brewers
I’ve been asked a bunch of times whether the latest Ben Sheets news might actually propel him to a reunion with the Brewers, so I posed the question to general manager Doug Melvin.
The answer apparently is no.
“There’s probably logic to it, but it’s not going to happen,” said Melvin, who believes that Sheets “has some other avenues he’s looking at.”
Melvin still will not say whether the matter of paying for Sheets’ surgery has been settled, instead referring all questions to agent Casey Close, who has not returned a number of calls.
In the wake of last week’s news that Sheets will have his torn flexor tendon surgically repaired, some wondered whether it could make sense for Sheets and the Brewers to strike a new agreement, say on a two-year deal with a low 2009 salary and a higher figure for 2010. That way, according to this line of thinking, Sheets could rehabilitate his arm in familiar surrounds and then try to re-establish his market value with a strong comeback.
Melvin doesn’t see it happening. He would not speculate about Sheets’ plans, but perhaps Sheets wants to keep his options open for a return to a contending team in the second half of 2009.
On a side note, it appears that everything is progressing smoothly between the Brewers and right-hander Braden Looper, and it would not surprise me to see the team formally announce the deal either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, assuming Looper passes his physical.