Just a short blurb to open discussion this Wednesday morning.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he has touched base with the agents of free agent right-handers Chien-Ming Wang and Ben Sheets, each returning from surgeries. Sheets, 31, missed all of 2009 recovering from surgery to repair the torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. His last, deep start occurred in Philadelphia during the Phillies’ pivotal four-game sweep over Milwaukee in 2008. Wang, who will turn 30, was awful in '09 before getting shut down in July for surgery to repair a torn shoulder capsule. Amaro also indicated that resigning Scott Eyre was unlikely based on a Tuesday morning conversation he had with Eyre’s agent. (based on multiple reports)
Readers weigh in: “Sheets, Garland, Bedard, Washburn, Wang et al. "They are out of the Phillies' price range. I'm not convinced that Eyre can land a guaranteed contract, so there's still hope there. Some secondary type FA SPs still on the market (correct me if I'm wrong): Doug Davis, Livan Hernandez, Looper, Pedro, Padilla, Prior, Redding, Wellemeyer. Davis, Pedro and Padilla are also likely out of the Phils' price range. Prior is a huge injury risk. That leaves Looper, Redding and Wellemeyer. If any of them revert to prior seasons' success (rather than repeat last season) they could be a nice bargain. But RA might be better off spending what's left on the bullpen." - clout