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With the Cubs being 1 of 15 baseball clubs looking at Pitcher Ben Sheets, he may be quite tough to obtain this season. Sheets threw three sessions yesterday in front of scouts. The first 20 pitches he pitched fastballs topping at 92 mph, the second session he threw 20 curveballs (which a major league scout said “has plus Major League stuff”), and the third session his fastball topped just at 88 mph.

Throwing 92 mph at Major League level isn’t all that impressive, and topping just at 88 after 40 pitches isn’t anything to brag about. But, one important factor we have to remember is he is coming off elbow surgery, so to still throw a great curveballs is something to brag about. Deceiving the hitter is more important than just throwing heat, which in time Sheets will eventually gain back with arm strength.

It’s rumored Sheets is seeking between 12-15 million, not quite sure about length of contract, maybe two years tops. I believe the Cubs could afford a 15 million dollar contract, however it should all be incentive based. The Cubs can’t afford to guarantee Sheets 15 million just for him to be on the DL all season. Sheets would also give the Cubs some cushion in the rotation especially with Ted Lilly starting the season on the DL.

Chicago has also offered starting shortstop Ryan Theriot 2,600,000 which is more than enough for his awful job at shortstop. However, Theriot took the Cubs to Salary Arbitation and is asking 3,400,000. Chicago shouldn’t give him anything; he is the worst shortstop in the Major Leagues.

Theriot lacks defensive skills, arm strength, and rubs the base paths like a pregnant woman.

Isn’t Tejada a free agent? That’s who the Cubs should be looking at, and tell Theriot that a mitt the size of my (well you know) couldn’t help him with his lack of defensive capabilities.

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Written by cubsfan1983

January 20, 2010 at 9:30 pm

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