The Daily News reported Tuesday that the Yankees plan to make a multi-year offer to free agent pitcher Ben Sheets by the end of the Winter Meetings in Vegas this week. The News is quoting an unnamed source as saying that the team will make an offer in the 2 year, $26 Million range. Sheets, who was a teammate of CC Sabathia in Milwaukee last season, made $11 Million and went 13-9 with 3.09 ERA. Sheets also declined arbitration this weekend, which Milwaukee had offered almost two weeks ago. As a result of that, whatever team signs him has to give up a 2009 first round draft pick to the Brewers.
An offer might in fact be imminent. Skipper Joe Girardi said he was impressed after Monday’s meeting with Sheets. “I thought that was a good meeting,” Girardi said. “Obviously, I faced Ben Sheets when I was with the Cubs and have admired the work that he’s done over the years. It was good to talk to him about his health, his routines, what he likes to do. He was a very open young man and he was impressive.”
The Yankees also feel that Sheets is worth a lot. Girardi feels that if Sheets had not torn a muscle in his right elbow at the end of last season, he might be commanding more offers at more money. “His numbers stack up against anyone’s,” Girardi said. “He’s healthy now, we believe. He’s had some injuries, but injuries are what have kept him out of that class. When he’s on the mound, he’s dynamite.”
Sheets has career stats similar to AJ Burnett, but has spent less time on the DL in his career. If this is true and Sheets accepts the offer, I would take it to mean that the Yankees are not interested in either Burnett or Derek Lowe.
No Trade Talk on Cano Yet
The News is also reporting that although media reports say the Dodgers are interested in second baseman Robinson Cano, GM Ned Colletti said he has not spoken with Brian Cashman about a trade. Good. Cano needs to stay put. He is a great teammate and has a great work ethic. He is needed in the clubhouse.