Yankees scouted Ben Sheets recently

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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.

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  • Kosmo

    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.

    • nsalem

      I would guess you’ve never been to Louisiana in June.

    • Clu Haywood

      Agreed….way overstated.

    • jsbrendog

      ben sheets 04-08 was a beast.

      • Clu Haywood

        He averaged less than 170 innings pitched per season in that stretch. I’d posit that you need to hit at least 190 innings per to be called a beast. Either way, that stretch still falls way short of “great pitchers of his generation.”

  • 28 in 2012

    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.

  • Kevin G.

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

  • Dick Gozinya

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

    • 28 in 2012

      Sign Dick up, release Freddy!

      • jsbrendog

        anyone can do what freddy does. warm up once a week and stand there watching the game end.

  • Jon

    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!!

    • 28 in 2012

      I thought he just took over for Key Igawa as a AAA beast.

  • JScott

    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.

  • SMK

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

    How about $500 per pitch?