Check out this nugget by beat man Bart Hubbuch in today’s NY Post. I know we’ve all seen what Ben Sheets is capable of but we’ve also seen how injury-prone the 31-year old righty is. Sheets missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing elbow surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Before Sheets had the surgery, the Mets expressed interest in signing the four-time All Star last winter but eventually backed off because of his lengthy injury history.
At 31, Sheets should be entering the prime of his career but who knows what, if anything, he has left. He last pitched over 200 innings back in 2004 when he had an non-representative 12-14 record with a stellar 2.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The most incredible stat he compiled from that year was an amazing 32 walks in 237 IP. Simply put, these stats point toward the fact that this guy has been an ace and has Cy Young stuff .
Career Pitching Stats
The obvious question is whether he will ever be able to approach any of the numbers he etched on the ledger in eight years of work. I think, if healthy, the Mets should seriously consider bringing in Sheets on an incentive=laden one-year deal. If they are able to catch lightning in a bottle and this guy is anywhere near the pitcher who at one point was considered the best the NL has to offer, it could a team changer for 2010. Can he be any worse that Ollie Perez or what Tim Redding was for the Mets last season? I think not.