HOT STOVE: SHEETS, MANNY
Albert Pujols wants the Cards to sign Manny Ramirez.
“I speak with Manny every three days and he tells me, ‘Man, no one wants to sign me,’” Pujols said Thursday at a news conference. “I’m not an agent or general manager, but I can’t understand how Manny has not signed.”
I don’t think bats will be the problem in St. Louis. If they really have some money to spend they’d be better off going after Ben Sheets. Sheets may be injury prone but he threw almost 200 innings last year. He threw twice for the Rangers last week. What exactly are they waiting for? They gave A-Rod $252 million, Chan Ho Park $65, but they won’t throw 8-10 at Ben Sheets?
Perhaps Sheets has to get more reasonable with what he wants. He apparently is not interested in a deal like Brad Penny just signed–somewhere around $5 million plus major incentives. But after turning down arbitration from the Brewers, Sheets (and/or his agent) probably don’t want to settle.
Maybe if Sheets takes a physical it says his elbow is not yet healed from his injury before the postseason. But if I was the Cards I wouldn’t be thinking about Manny. I’d be getting Ben Sheets to come on down. Ken Williams should be on the phone too.