FormerBrewers righty Ben Sheets inked a one-year contract Tuesday with the Oakland A’s, where he will try to re-establish himself as an ace after missing all of 2009 with an elbow injury. The Cubs, Mets, Rangers and Mariners also reportedly showed interest in Sheets, who auditioned for scouts last week in Louisiana. It’s good news for the Brewers that he didn’t end up in the National League Central.
And it was very good news for Sheets, who is guaranteed $10 million despite the fact he hasn’t thrown a pitch since 2008, and can earn $2 million more in incentives.
The Brewers sent a scout to Sheets’ throwing session last week but had not talked with agent Casey Close since the Winter Meetings.
“I’m surprised. I’m not surprised that he signed, but I was surprised that he signed that kind of contract,” Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “But everyone has to do what they think they need to do. It sounds like they had some near-misses on other guys so they wanted to make sure they got this one locked up.”
Won’t it be strange to see Sheets in a different uniform? He’s pitched eight big league seasons, all with the Brewers, and is the franchise’s all-time leader with 1,206 strikeouts.