Report says Cubs will target Sheets

Ben Sheets in a Cubs uniform? The Chicago Tribune says it’s a possibility.

The newspaper reported Monday that Chicago GM Jim Hendry contacted Sheets’ agent, Casey Close, last month about the right-hander’s availability and could try to convince Sheets to take an incentive-laden deal. He will turn 32 in July and is coming off a 2009 season lost entirely to elbow surgery.

The Brewers paid for that procedure because Sheets was injured in his final season in Milwaukee. He was the Brewers’ first-round Draft pick in 1999 and debuted in the Majors in 2001, when he made the National League All-Star team and began an eight-year tenure in Milwaukee. He’s the Brewers’ all-time leader with 1,206 strikeouts.

The Cubs are building an impressive starting rotation. They will not have Ted Lilly for the first month of the season as he continues to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, but do head into Spring Training with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells plus a list of candidates for the fifth spot that includes newcomer Carlos Silva, plus Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny, and Sean Marshall.

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