Player Watch: Ben Sheets

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It appears this could be the time to start panicking if you have already drafted, and have Sheets on your roster. Looking for other options might be a good idea. If you have not yet drafted, consider yourself one of the lucky ones, and start adjusting your cheat sheets to avoid drafting the Athletic’s right hander. Today in Cactus League play, Sheets did not record an out. Instead he gave up 10 runs (9 earned) on 8 hits—one of them being a 2 run homer surrendered to Chris Dickerson of the Cincinnati Reds, who went 4-for-4 with 3 runs and two Rbi’s. Sheets also walked one batter. He did not pitch last season after surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his (pitching) elbow.  Amidst the speculation that Sheets may not have the stuff to lead the A’s rotation, even bigger questions now arise. Will he be able to rebound and pitch effectively? This was his second poor performance this spring–facing 10 batters. He surrended a double to Dickerson in the first inning then still in the first inning Dickerson capped off Sheet’s performance by hitting a two run homer. Sheets was pulled after that without recording a single out. In 2008, Ben started 31 games for Milwaukee and went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA, and 158 strike-outs. After Milwaukee let him go he then was picked up by the Oakland A’s and given a $10 million one year contract. This is still early, but for us fantasy owners this is certainly alarming news and we are not in the same position as Oakland and don’t have to live with the 10 million dollar man. So far this spring, Sheets is sporting a rock steady 31.15 ERA. There are more than ample enough arms to consider for ownership that will give us less headaches, and it is probably wise to look elsewhere come draft day.


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