Buzz: Cubs to Pursue Sheets, Pitchers Market taking Shape

“The Cubs will be among the teams watching Ben Sheets,” writes Carrie Muskat of, “but his reported contract demands do not appear to fit into their budget.”

Original Post at 8:53 am:

According to Paul Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, “The Cubs plan to make a run at Sheets, who will work out for teams later this month.”

Last week, in a post to his blog for the New York Post, Joel Sherman said the Mets are leaning towards wanting sure innings from whomever they acquire for the starting rotation, as opposed to a more talented reclamation project, such as Sheets or Erik Bedard.

Sullivan believes Sheets is seeking a two-year deal, worth around $12 million per season, “but the Cubs believe they have a good shot at landing him with an incentive-laden deal.”

from what i can gather, and as i have written before, i was told he wants to control the second year, and so it would be a player option, this way, if he is dominant for a full season and wins 20 games, he can make himself a free agent and sign a long-term deal, while also having the choice of additional security should he choose to stay where he is at

the buzz from baseball suggests these pitchers will begin to ink deals in the next week or so, since they’re going to need to begin making plans for Spring Training, considering pitchers and catchers begin reporting in five weeks… i talked to two agents yesterday who feel the market for starting pitchers is beginning to take shape, and, at this point, teams know who they want, pitchers know where they can sign, and so it’s time to start putting pen to paper