Cubs Target Next Overpaid/Underwhelming Pitcher

Ben Sheets, who has not pitched in 16 months, is being targeted by the Cubs as their next big free agent pick up.  He is a big gamble coming off of a serious injury that the Cubs hope will pay off big if he has a productive season in line with what he did in 2008 and 2007.  But being a longtime Cub fan I have a good feeling I know how this is going to turn out.  The words "Not" and "Good" come to mind.

Sheets reportedly has been asking for a two-year deal averaging around $10 million to $12 million per year, but the Cubs believe they have a good shot at landing him with an incentive-laden deal.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who spent his entire career with the Brewers, has a history of injuries, including arm and back problems, an inner-ear infection and blisters. He missed the 2009 season following elbow surgery.

In eight seasons pitching for the Brewers, Sheets posted an 86-83 record with suspect teams while compiling a 3.72 earned-run average.

If Sheets is healthy and his desire to pitch for the Cubs is real, he could give manager Lou Piniella a formidable rotation in 2010, anchored by Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly.


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