Yankees scouted Ben Sheets recently


Via MLBTR, the Yankees were one of several teams that recently watched Ben Sheets throw at his home in Louisiana. He hopes to help some team down the stretch. The Phillies, Braves, and Angels were also in attendance.

Sheets, 34 next month, hasn’t been an effective pitcher since 2008. He missed all of 2009 and 2011 with various elbow surgeries — Tommy John and flexor tendon stuff — and pitched to a 4.71 FIP in 119.1 IP for the Athletics in 2010. Sheets is one of the most underappreciated great pitchers of his generation, but it’s hard to think he has something to offer a big league team at this point. I’m sure the Yankees were just doing their due diligence.


  1. Kosmo says:

    I wouldn´t go so far as to call Sheets “one of the most underappreciated great pitchers of his generation“. He was a good pitcher who had 1 truly outstanding year and 2 or 3 good seasons.
    No reason not to kick the tires.

  2. 28 in 2012 says:

    When 2012 began, who would have thought that the Yankees, the Phillies and the Angels would be looking at Ben Sheets in June.
    Baseball is so awesome this way.

  3. Kevin G. says:

    I remember all of the arguments for Ben Sheets or AJ Burnett. Good times.

  4. Dick Gozinya says:

    Shit, they might as well come watch me throw in my backyard as well.

  5. Jon says:

    Hey has anyone seen what Mark Prior is doing on the Red Sox AAA team? If he can come back and be effective that anyone can!!

  6. JScott says:

    With exactly 1 (O-N-E) season in his career where he threw 200 or more innings with a better-than-average ERA+ I’m thinking the Ben Sheets Appreciation Meter is reading right about where it ought to be.

  7. SMK says:

    Offer him a contract that pays him by the pitch because any pitch could be his last.

    How about $500 per pitch?

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