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Ben Sheets: Worth the Risk?

Ben Sheets is reportedly seeking a $10 million contract for the 2010 baseball season despite never having won more than 13 games in a season and has cost the Brewers $42 million for 86 wins in eight seasons roughly a half million a win which is excessive for a pitcher who hasn't been healthy the last few seasons and has hit only .076 in his career.

Ben Sheets recently held a throwing session in Monroe, Louisiana which was attended by representatives of several major league clubs.

Evidently Sheets wanted to prove that he was healthy and is hoping some team will pay the $10 million he is reportedly asking for if signed for the 2010 baseball season.

It baffles me why so many team representatives would travel from all over the country to north Louisiana to see Sheets throw. His speed topped out at 91 MPH which is good for a pitcher recovering from surgery.

Not Worth $10 Million

There is no way that Sheets deserves to be paid $10 million for the 2010 season. He has never won more than 13 games in eight major league seasons. He has started 24 or fewer games in four of the last five seasons with no starts in 2009 since he didn’t pitch all season.

Sheets did post a very respectable 3.09 ERA in 2008 his last season to pitch. I don’t understand how he thinks a team will pay $10 million for a pitcher who has been haunted by injuries the last few years. In addition to the $10 million he wants incentives written into the contract that would pay him even more.

Earned $42 Million For 86 Wins

Sheets has posted 86 wins for $42 million which averages out to costing the Brewers a half million a win. Baseball-reference.com compares his stats with this list of pitchers which is not very impressive:

  1. Larry Christenson (949)
  2. Oil Can Boyd (946)
  3. Bronson Arroyo (945)
  4. Jim Merritt (944)
  5. Pat Jarvis (942)
  6. Erik Hanson (941)
  7. Dick Bosman (941)
  8. Aaron Harang (937)
  9. John Montefusco (935)
  10. Rick Reed (935)

Hopefully the major league general managers will come to their senses and refuse to pay the kind of money Sheets wants. He is not much of a hitter either with a lifetime batting average of .076 which is even worse than the .089 batting average of Bob Buhl who is regarded as one of the worst hitting pitchers in the history of baseball.

His only extra base hits in 492 plate appearances are three doubles. He combined for only two hits in 90 plate appearances combined over the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Sheets may still help a major league club but he is not worth his $10 million asking price.

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