With word that Ben Sheets has signed a ridiculously lucrative contract with Oakland, it now appears that the Mets will turn their full attention to John Smoltz as they try to fill out their starting rotation.
Of course, the way things are going for the Mets, just because they want a player is no sure sign that they will be able to land him. They've already lost out on Matt Holliday, Bengie Molina, Joel Pineiro, Sheets and who knows who else this off-season...
Sheets, who missed all of last year and part of 2008 with an arm injury, somehow managed to snag $10 million guaranteed from the Athletics. Apparently, he will be their 2010 version of Holliday, providing a little bit of excitement for fans of a low budget team as the front office hopes he shines enough to make himself an attractive trade target at the deadline in July.
They're basically buying a yet undetermined team's prospects for a pro-rated portion of $10 million...
Oakland makes a lot of sense for Sheets because the A's play in one of the biggest, pitcher friendliest parks in the majors. There probably isn't a better place to go and try to put up some good numbers in hopes of landing a long-term contract in 2011.
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