A’s sign Ben Sheets

12:24pm: SI.com’s Jon Heyman says (via Twitter) that Sheets will get $10MM in 2010 plus performance bonuses. Pretty sweet deal for a guy that missed all of last season.

Heyman adds (via Twitter) that the Rangers never made Sheets an offer, and he doubts the Mets went anywhere near the $10MM price tag.

12:02pm: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the A’s have signed Sheets to a one-year deal worth more than $8MM. He took his physical today, and everything checked out fine.

11:51pm: Urban tweets that the A’s have scheduled a press conference for 1pm today (presumably Pacific Time). Not sure what the announcement is, but let your imaginations run wild.

11:24am: Urban elaborated on his earlier tweet, reporting that Sheets is seeking a one-year deal worth $8-9MM, and that Oakland’s offer is “absolutely” in that range. He notes that if the team signs Sheets, they won’t make an offer to Damon.

One scout said that it’s a win-win situation for both the A’s and Sheets, because if they fall out of contention, they can trade him for prospects and he’ll get to go to a contender.

TUESDAY, 7:54am: CSNBayArea.com’s Mychael Urban tweets that the A’s have in fact made a “competitive” offer to Sheets, and hope to have answer today or tomorrow.

MONDAY, 6:44pm: ESPN.com is reporting that the Athletics have already made an offer to Sheets.

11:22am: A pair of interesting tweets just came in from ESPN’s Buster Olney: he says the Athletics are trying to sign Ben Sheets, with Johnny Damon as a “possible Plan B.”

Sheets had a throwing session for at least 14 teams at the University of Lousiana at Monroe last Tuesday, the A’s among them. Oakland’s main competition appears to be the Mets.


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