Free agent right-hander Ben Sheets threw for scouts yesterday in Monroe, Louisiana, reports MLBTradeRumors.com. Scouts from the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels were present to watch Sheets throw.
Sheets, who’s now 33 years old, last appeared in the majors with the Oakland Athletics during the 2010 season. After missing all of 2009 due to a torn flexor tendon in his elbow, Sheets signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the A’s in January of 2010.
Sheets made 20 starts for the A’s while maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 4.53 and 1.391. His SO/9 (6.3) was down from his career norms while his BB/9 (3.2) was up.
Prior to signing his deal with the A’s, Sheets had spent his entire professional career with the Milwaukee Brewers. After being taken 10th overall in the 1999 MLB Draft, Sheets made his major league debut with the Brewers in 2001. Over his eight seasons with Milwaukee, Sheets held an ERA and WHIP of 3.72 and 1.201 with 7.6 SO/9 and 2.0 BB/9.