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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.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 16, 2005 at 11:53 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. NTNgod Posted: April 17, 2005 at 12:13 AM (#1263152)
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).

From today's Journal-Sentinel:

The top 10 contracts in Brewers history, in terms of total value (does not include contracts inherited in trades), with player, years and contract amount:
1. RHP Ben Sheets: 2005, 4 years, $38.5 million
2. OF Geoff Jenkins: 2004, 3 years, $23 million
3. OF Jeffrey Hammonds: 2000, 3 years, $21.75 million
4. OF *Jeromy Burnitz: 2001, 2 years, $20 million
5. OF Geoff Jenkins: 2001, 4 years, $18 million
6. 1B Richie Sexson: 2001, 4 years, $17.5 million
7. OF Jeromy Burnitz: 1998, 4 years, $14.5 million
8. RHP Cal Eldred: 1997, 4 years, $14.2 million
9. LHP Teddy Higuera: 1990, 4 years, $13.1 million
10. INF Mark Loretta: 2000, 3 years, $11 million
   2. Skewed Priorities Posted: April 17, 2005 at 01:19 AM (#1263379)
When the Brew Crew makes the playoffs this year I wish to be heralded as the only one to predict it in the preseason predictions thread. And if they don't I expect everyone to quickly forget.
   3. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: April 17, 2005 at 02:11 AM (#1263528)
Excellent deal for the Brewers, and it makes sense for Sheets too. While he's taking a discount on his first two years of FA, he'll still be in his prime when the contract ends and can sign a big 3-5 year deal. And if he gets hurt, he's still set for life.

And if he does get hurt, its not so big that it will be that big a burden on their payroll. Great deal for both sides.
   4. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: April 17, 2005 at 07:23 AM (#1264041)
Why did Cal Eldred get signed to (at the time) the largest contract in Brewer history in 1997? WTF, mate? That's gotta be one of the weirder contract decisions I'm aware of.
   5. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: April 17, 2005 at 12:04 PM (#1264099)

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