Could it be that teams are rapidly dropping out of the Ben Sheets race?
Just today the Mets reached an agreement with Oliver Perez, possibly restricting them of adding another starting pitcher. Meanwhile, the Rangers — who were rumored to be hottest on the Sheets trail — are “slowing” in their pursuit. Supposedly the Rangers wanted to give Sheets just one year with an option, but Sheets wants two guaranteed years.
This isn’t to say the Phillies are definitely in the running for Sheets; in fact, it’s more likely they’re not at all looking at him. However, one cannot rule out the chance that the Phils would sign Sheets to a two-year, $14M deal (or something like that), opening up Brett Myers or Joe Blanton as trade bait for relief pitching. Just something to think about.