January 21, 2009

Rosenthal reports: Sheets, Cruz

Free agents Ben Sheets and Juan Cruz are still available (both type A), and Ken Rosenthal says, "the Yankees aren't done."

If you didn't catch how good these guys did in the National League last year, here's how they did:

Ben Sheets (SP) - Brewers:  13-9, 3.09 era, 158 SO, 1.15 WHIP, in 198.3 innings pitched

Juan Cruz (RP) - D'Backs:  4-0, 2.61 era, 71 SO, 1.26 WHIP, in 51.7 innings pitched

The only thing wrong with Sheets is his durability.  Last season, Sheets started more than 30 games for the first time since 2004.  

Cruz has had no major injuries in his career, and is one of the top set-up men in the game today.

Both pitchers are 30 years old, and would be great answers to the most recent moves made by the Red Sox (Smoltz, Penny, Saito).


Anonymous said...

These guys are tempting but the Yankees' pitching is set. They certainly don't need Sheets. They should trade one of their outfielders for high-potential double or single-A hitters.

Lenny Neslin said...

You can never have enough pitching though.

nutballgazette said...

Sheets might be a good pick-up as a #4 or #5 starter, He may come alot cheaper than Pettite with a bigger upside to him. He does have # 1 stuff, If he can stay healthy the Yankees might have a Great starting rotation.

Anonymous said...

Sheets could be a Pavano in the making. Haven't we learned from that? If you can get Sheets with a one-year contract, fine, but I don't think that's possible and therefore not worth the risk. Let's hold down that payroll!

Lenny Neslin said...

I think the key with injury-prone guys like Sheets, is signing a deal with a lot of incentives. Maybe a two-year, $12 million contract, but he could make an additional $10 million through performance bonuses.

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