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. 

2 Comments

Why did Sheets wait the ENTIRE OFFSEASON to have this surgery???!!! This injury prevented him from finishing LAST SEASON!!! He should’ve had this surgery in late September or early October! And it makes no difference WHO is paying for it, although there is NO DOUBT that the Brewers should pay for it since, obviously, the injury occurred while he was pitching for them, but there was NO REASON for Sheets, the Brewers, the Rangers or anybody else to WAIT to have this surgery! In fact, if the Brewers had entertained ANY THOUGHTS of re-signing him, and they obviously DID since they offered him arbitration, which he rejected, they should’ve INSISTED that he have this surgery in OCTOBER!!! Why didn’t they???!!!
Unfathomable!!!

Why did Sheets wait the ENTIRE OFFSEASON before having this surgery???!!! It makes no sense!!! This injury prevented him from finishing the season with the Brewers! He should’ve had this surgery in late September or early October!!! And to me, there is NO DOUBT that the Brewers SHOULD be the ones to pay for it, since obviously the injury occurred while he was pitching for them. But it makes no sense for Sheets, the Brewers, the Rangers or anybody else for Sheets to have waited the ENTIRE OFFSEASON before having this surgery! In fact, since the Brewers offered him arbitration, which he rejected, they should’ve FIRST INSISTED that he have this surgery!

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