“I faced Ben Sheets when I was with the Cubs and I’ve admired the work that he’s done over the years. It was good to talk to him about his health, his routines and what he likes to do. He’s a very open young man and he was impressive,” Girardi said.
“His numbers stack up against anyone’s. He’s healthy now, we believe. He’s had some injuries, but injuries are what have kept him out of that class. When he’s on the mound, he’s dynamite.”
The Yankees also had conversations with the agents representing A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe. This serves two purposes: It pressures CC Sabathia and protects the Yankees should Sabathia wimp out and sign elsewhere. Plus they need at least two starters.