What a fucked up offseason it has been for Ben Sheets. And the other day it got even more fucked. Sheets will in fact have to have surgery on his elbow. And now it looks very unlikely that any team will sign Sheets until after June when he is ready to pitch again after the surgery and thus screwing the Brewers out of a draft pick. Apparently there is some rule that if a class A or B free agent does not sign with a team until after the draft the team that is losing that player does not get a pick.
The Texas Rangers were all set to give Sheets a 2 year deal but then he failed his physical because of the elbow and then it was decided that surgery was the only option. Because Ben hurt the elbow during the 2008 season when he was a Brewer, they will be on the hook for the cost of the surgery.
Man the Ben Sheets story has just turned into more and more of a mess with every injury he has had. Sheets is a guy who when healthy is as good as ANY pitcher in MLB but since his healthy and fantastic 2004 season Ben has not had a clean season of health. Missing parts of 05', 06' 07' and 08' with various injury's. I have always been a Sheets fan and wish him the best. I was still holding out hope he would return to Milwaukee but that ship has sailed. And now we won't even get a draft pick out of it.