During the past week and a half we’ve spent a lot of time discussing various pitchers connected to the Yankees. I wanted to switch gears for a change of pace and take a look at a pitcher who (a) I’ve been advocating for for quite some time; (b) I wanted the Yankees to sign last offseason; and (c) they will have absolutely zero interest in because after a fairly middling comeback with the A’s he blew his elbow out yet again, sidelining him for the remainder of 2010, likely most of 2011 and possibly ending his career: Yankeeist favorite Ben Sheets.
It may seem like an eternity ago, but once upon a time Sheets was one of the best pitchers in baseball. From his debut in 2001 through his last good season in 2008, he accumulated 31.0 fWAR, fourth-most among all pitchers in the National League, behind only Roy Oswalt, Randy Johnson and Brandon Webb. If you remove his rookie season, and look at 2002-2008, he was the arguably the third-best pitcher in the NL.… Click here to read the rest