According to multiple reports the A’s have signed Ben Sheets to a 1 year deal worth 10 Million guaranteed and incentives for more.Â All I got to say is exactly what Heyman said:” sheets got $10 million plus performance bonuses. not bad after idle ’09″.
You guys know I was against it before I was for it.Â I shall now run for political office.Â In all seriousness I was OK with 10 million guarnteed if it was part of a 1+1 deal for say 8 million and a 2 million buyout.Â 10 million for this season alone not including incentives seems extreme.Â I can’t blame Omar for not topping this.Â Keep in mind that it’s not just so easy to say “Man Omar missed this one I would have offered him 10 too.”Â We have no idea the level of interest from Sheets or the Mets nor do we know if the Mets did indeed make an offer and Sheets chose the relaxed Oakland community.
So now the greater question is what to do now?
I had mentioned Garland and I would not be upset if that happen.Â However, there is a case for just standing pat and getting a guy like Smoltz for insurance.Â No reason to overpay for mediocrity.