The Oakland A's today signed the best remaining pitcher on the market, the rehabbing Ben Sheets to a one-year $10M contract. Sheets is a bit injury-prone, but when healthy he can be one of the top pitchers in the game.
I love this move for the A's, little to no risk, can always deal him off mid-season if need be and with the AL West wide-open right now, why not see where the team is around June and decide then.
What I don't get is why the Mets couldn't make this deal happen. Sure, don't sign John Lackey, I even almost get not signing Joel Pineiro but right now the Mets have a rotation headed by Johan (coming off elbow surgery) and pretty much nothing else. If they expect John Maine, Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez to put up good numbers and/or make 30 starts each they are living in a dream world. But hey, there's always Jon Niese and Fernando Nieve...
Or maybe they can resign Orlando Hernandez...
You know, instead of assembling TALENTED pitchers who might HELP the team. Omar knows he can sign players in the offseason right?
Oh well, at least they got that valuable and necessary 5th OF spot solidified with the acquisition of Gary Matthews Jr.