Why the Pittsburgh Pirates Should Sign Ben Sheets

Posted: 16th October 2009 by Tom Au in MLB
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First, the price would be right. Yeah, Sheets is probably injured, but he's good. Meaning that he'd probably be worth more as a cut-priced injured player than many a full-priced healthy player. According to Brewers' Featured Columnist, Jesse Motiff, "The best Sheets could hope for after missing an entire season would be a one-year, incentive-laden deal with a base salary likely between $2-3 million." That would not be more than the Pirates' established pitchers, Paul Maholm, and Zach Duke are making. According to FanGraphs, Sheets' average annual value is about three and a half wins over replacement, even counting injuries. That may be more than Maholm or Duke can contribute in a given season, even when healthy. That's also about as much as say, Lastings Milledge can be expected to contri ...

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