Report: Phillies Scout Ben Sheets – Phillies Nation

Report: Phillies Scout Ben Sheets


According to, the Phillies were among a handful of teams that took a peek at 33-year-old Ben Sheets in Louisiana on Wednesday.

Sheets sat out all of 2011 and hasn’t thrown a pitch since 2010. He had multiple arm surgeries in 2010 while with the Oakland A’s, who gave Sheets a $10 million, one-year deal despite also sitting out all of 2009 with arm issues.

When healthy, Sheets is (was?) one of the more intriguing pitchers in baseball. He’s a 4-time all star, exploding onto the scene in 2004 with a 264-strikeout season; one in which he only walked 32 batters in 237 innings. Injuries have wrecked a once-promising career, but because of those flashes of brilliance, Sheets will continue to be looked at until he hangs ’em up for good.

It’s unlikely anything will come of this – especially from the Phillies side – but one has to wonder if Sheets would be a good bullpen arm down the road should he be able to make a return.

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  1. Ian Riccaboni

    June 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I would take a flyer on Sheets over Kendrick but you really can’t do anything with Kendrick…

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    He could be a decent long man in the bullpen, but the previous injuries and his age seem too rsky, and seeing as this is already an old team…Still with a broken pitching arm he is probably better than Sloppy Joe Blanton and Evil Kendrick.

  3. chuck schreiber

    June 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Please, no!!! If he had anything left someone would have already signed him. NO


    June 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Phils should focus on genuine prospects. Sheets is three sheets to the wind. DONE !!!

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