There have been two questions popping up on e-mail a lot lately:
What about Jon Garland? What about Ben Sheets?
So let’s try and answer them.
Garland: He was 14-8 with a 4.90 ERA for a playoff team last season and he’s only 29. Seems like a reasonable idea to sign him. But when you look a little more closely, you find that he allowed 237 hits and 59 walks over 196.2 innings along with hitting eight batters. A 1.51 WHIP is not pretty. Garland also a 5.99 ERA in the second half, 7.18 in September.
He struck out 4.12 over nine innings, the lowest rate of his career. Opponents had a .355 OBP against him. So while he may have won 14 games, he had a lousy season. It’s hard to picture him coming into the AL East and pitching well.
Sheets: This one is a little more simple. Sheets ended last season with a bad elbow. But word is that the MRI taken on his shoulder was a cause for major concern. Many teams believe that Sheets’ arm is not worth any sort of risk. He certainly must regret rejecting arbitration from Milwaukee given that no team is known to have made him an offer.
If any team — even the Yankees — is going to spend money at this point, they would want some cost certainty in terms of at least innings. Sheets doesn’t offer that.