Olney: Teams concerned about Sheets’s shoulder


When talking about Ben Sheets, the subject of his health inevitably arises. He’s missed significant time in 2005 through 2007, and ended last year with a torn muscle in his elbow. This has raised a red flag of sorts with other teams. There’s been very little chatter about Sheets this off-season, save for a couple of stories from the Winter Meetings involving the Yankees, and some interest from the Rangers. It appears, according to Buster Olney, that teams are concerned “about his shoulder, and not his elbow.” If there is indeed damage in the righty’s shoulder, it certainly explains the lack of interest. I have to wonder, though, why Sheets would decline arbitration if his shoulder was cause for concern.

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  1. Manimal says:

    I still think he is going to the rangers.

  2. Kevin G. says:

    I think Sheets is only going to get a one-year deal.

    • 'The' Steve says:

      It makes the most sense, and if the Yanks had lost out on some of their FA targets, I’d be advocating for them to do it.

      1 year at decent money (10-12 mil) with Club options for 2010 and maybe 2011. The team who signs him is taking a gamble, if it pays off they deserve an option or two to exercise to hedge the risk. If not, its just a 1 year deal.

  3. Ivan says:

    Wow we often say the FO know more than we do, and from reading the article about Sheets health, then FO of the yanks must really know what they are doing and know more than us.

    Maybe Burnett might work out.

    • Sheets being healthy or not healthy doesn’t make giving 32 year old, injury prone, non-ace pitcher A.J. Burnett 82M of 5 years any smarter.

      • Ivan says:


        But Im just saying, that hey if Sheets is that damange then maybe it was justified to not sign the guy.

        Now I agree it’s not good to sign Burnett to that deal. I hope he proves me wrong I really do.

      • 'The' Steve says:

        If we didn’t, the Braves would have.

          • Billy Beane says:

            that means another team was willing to go 5 years 80 million. the atlanta braves were ready to make him their ace. they can’t afford to pay guys that kind of money to sit on the dl like we can.

            if a poor team like atlanta was also not concerned about his health, then our concerns should be eased.

            • if a poor team like atlanta was also not concerned about his health, then our concerns should be eased.

              … Wait, the fact that more than one team was interested in his services means that he’s not a significant injury risk? That makes sense… how?

              • GG says:

                He learned how to stay healthy (hopefully, he’s a 32 year old who has been around, its about time) plus he has a whole lot more upside than Lowe, he has ace stuff

                • He learned how to stay healthy

                  We hope…

                  plus he has a whole lot more upside than Lowe, he has ace stuff

                  All based solely on hope and potential. Burnett has a higher ceiling, yes, but a lower floor, IMO, and he required more years and more dollars. Much bigger risk.

                  But none of this has anything to do with the Braves. I fail to see how the Braves being willing to give Burnett 5/80 means that we were justified in gambling on Burnett, or that the deal is somehow less risky because of the existence of the Braves interest.

              • Billy Beane says:

                that means more than one team has done their due diligence and were not scared off like they are with sheets. no one is touching sheets with a 10 foot pole.

                i did not say that he is not an injury risk–every one knows he is. but there is a reason why more teams were interested in burnett despite his price tag and no teams are really interested in sheets even for 2-3 years.

                • That’s not what was being said here in this thread. You’re moving the goalposts.

                  I said Sheets being badly hurt doesn’t justify the huge risk we took in Burnett. The Steve said that if we didn’t take the huge risk, the Braves would have. And I replied that this fact (the Braves also being willing to take a risk) is also immaterial to us taking that huge risk.

                  Giving Burnett 5/82 was a monumental gamble, as Burnett has rarely been dominant, is often hurt, and is old. It’s a mistake, IMO. Had we not done that, and the Braves did, I would have called it a mistake for the Braves, as well.

                  If you’re playing blackjack and you’re hitting on 17, that’s dumb. If the guy next to you is also hitting on 17, that doesn’t make what you’re doing any less dumb. The dealer is still going to stay on 17.

  4. Will Demps should have been going for the strip, not the tackle. You’re not going to stop AP with a full head of steam 3 yards out, and even if you do, first and goal from the 3 isn’t much better.

    Peterson’s had fumblitis and he’s carrying the ball like a loaf of bread, defender-side.

    Go for the strip.

  5. Jake K. says:

    It’s a bummer for Sheets. I was really hoping to see him in pinstripes next year, but I guess you can’t fault the Yanks for passing. I hope the goes back to the Brewers, rather than somewhere like the Sox, because he’s dope when healthy.

  6. Ivan says:

    Wow first postseaon start from McNabb since the Super Bowl.

  7. Ivan says:

    Come on, you need TD’s not FG’s.

  8. Nady Nation says:

    God, Tarvaris Jackson is an embarrassment of an NFL QB.

  9. Ivan says:

    Oh yeah, that’s what the fuck im talking about.

  10. Ivan says:

    fuckin Viks are killing the Eagles on 3rd down conversions.

  11. Manimal says:

    As a giants fan, minnesota better win.

  12. Ivan says:

    Poor job by the Eagles D. After a TD, you should stop Minny right there and maintain the current lead and instead it’s now 2 pt lead.

  13. Jake H says:

    The best bed for Sheets is a 1 year deal with an option. He would still be able to cash in on a big pay day and a long term deal if he could stay healthy.

    • 27 this year says:

      Actually a one year deal is better (For Sheets) because if the club wants to exercise the option, they probably think that is a better deal than what Sheets woudl get on the open market. If Sheets gets injured and doesn’t pitch the option would be declined. If he is healthy and pitches, it gets exercised.

  14. Jamal G. says:

    What a pick. LoL at Donovan McFAIL.

    • Ivan says:

      I just hope the Eagles play those fuckin Giants.

      • Jamal G. says:

        I kinda want you bastards to lose. We could be meeting up with the Giants a 15-0 team and the Eagles just the opposite, yet I’d still wouldn’t feel comfortable playing them. It’s all because of that fucking Brian Westbrook.

  15. Ivan says:

    Nice play by Donovan.

  16. Ivan says:

    Don’t ya luv the crowd booing for childress running the ball. Gee do these fans know who there QB is.

  17. Ivan says:

    Can the fuckin eagles make a stop on 3rd down please.

  18. Ivan says:

    bitch ass penalty.

  19. E-ROC says:

    Is Brian Dawkins a HOF?

  20. GG says:

    I didnt know the knicks and celts were going at it, i hope garnett breaks both legs, i fukin cant stand him…hes 6’11 and talks trash to point gaurds what a loser, pick on a big man….we also better not release stephon to get picked up by them, if we gotta pay we might as well keep him off the court, hes the kinda scum who would promise to go to the western conf and than go back on it

  21. Ivan says:

    Come on Westbrook.

  22. Mike R. says:

    I will now counter your empirical sehimany with a cliché filled tirade:

    You are trying to ruin the game with your number crunching! You nerd! I don’t need your stats. I have EYES! Eyes that I use to watch games. It’s about intangibles that don’t show up on your little sheet. I bet you’ve never even played! Get out there and smell some dirt. I bet you are 14 years old!

    Fun fact # 1995
    I thoroughly enjoy reading your comments. :)

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