Paul Sullivan reports the Cubs are going to make a run at pitcher Ben Sheets who missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury. Sheets is reportedly a team that he would love to play with. Also yesterday David Kaplan back up this report by saying the same thing. The Cubs are expected to watch Sheets throw off the mound later this month.
"Sheets reportedly has been asking for a two-year deal averaging around $10 million to $12 million per year, but the Cubs believe they have a good shot at landing him with an incentive-laden deal."
"If Sheets is healthy and his desire to pitch for the Cubs is real, he could give manager Lou Piniella a formidable rotation in 2010, anchored by Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly." Per Chicago Tribune.
Lilly who is expected to miss about the first month of the season with the shoulder injury, Sheets will come in and fit in perfectly. A starting rotation of Zambrano, Dempster, Sheets, Lilly when comes back and Wells could be pretty dangerous and could be better than the Cardinals. If Sheets comes back to his 2008 form like being an ace this will be one of the better signings due to the price they sign him for.
I would like the Cubs to sign Sheets to a 1 year contract worth about 3 million guarantee with incentive to reach about 7-8 million.
I will keep you posted.