More Sheets stuff from this morning...
Buster Olney talks about Sheets at length. His conclusion:
In 2008, Sheets made 31 starts, threw 198 1/3 innings, posted an ERA of 3.09 while pitching in Milwaukee's bandbox, held opposing hitters to a .390 slugging percentage, started for the National League in the All-Star Game, struck out 158 while walking just 47 -- and in an industry that provided a $48 million deal for an innings-eater like Silva just 13 months ago, he might be looking for a deal less than half of that.
There will be days of regret for some teams in 2009, borne out of the low-cost winter market, days when club executives will look back at the low-dollar deals being made now and wonder: Why didn't we do that? There will be teams that will be trading prospects for starting pitchers to fill holes in their rotation.
If Sheets stays healthy, then he is probably going to be a high-impact pitcher for a salary much less than that of his peers -- Roy Oswalt, Carlos Zambrano, CC Sabathia, among others -- and there will be contenders left to wonder if they made a mistake in not snagging Sheets.
It looks like he's going to be a great bargain for somebody.
This is reminiscent of the 2003-04 offseason, when injury concerns and a generally depressed spending climate resulted in the Angels getting Vlad Guerrero for much less than was anticipated, in what is probably one of the best free agent signings of the last 20 years.
Mike Hindman looks at Sheets' injury history, and concludes it isn't as bad as you'd think.
Richard Durrett has some additional thoughts on the Sheets situation.