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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Brewers - Signed Sheets
Milwaukee Brewers - Signed P Ben Sheets to a 4-year extension worth $38.5 million.
This buys out the first two years of free agency, making this an incredible deal for the Brewers. There’s just nothing to complain about here; Sheets is as good a bet as any pitcher in baseball to end up as the baseball’s best pitcher over the next 10 years and his breakthrough season last year wasn’t a Damian Moss-style fluke but the result of Sheets becoming a real pitcher, placing his fastball and curve with near-Saberhagen accuracy (and with more explosiveness than Sabes ever had).
Could something go horribly wrong and the Brewers get the short end of this contract? Theoretically, yes, but among 20s pitchers, only Mark Buehrle has established a better health record and while I do like Buehrle, Sheets is simply a better pitcher.
It’s also nice to replace Biggest Brewer Contract in the history books. The previous holder? The laughably bad 3-year, $23.3 million deal Jeffy Hammonds was inked to for no particular reason (Unless I forgot someone).
Pretty neat stuff, having a new owner for the Brewers. Sheets and an impressive stable of position player prospects make the Brewers one of the fast-rising teams in baseball and maybe they’ll even be able to sign a few pitchers when the time comes.
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