I’ll say this for Billy Beane: nobody in the last decade has cornered the market on ridiculously talented pitchers that may or may not be made of low-grade porcelain. Rich Harden, Justin Dukesherhcherchrrer and now Billy Beane has signed Ben Sheets to a 1-year deal worth $10M+.
As long as Sheets stays healthy up until the trade deadline, this is a no-lose proposition for the A’s. Beane could just as easily grab a few prospects for Sheets if the Athletics are out of the AL West race in July, and the A’s would also be off the hook for the remaining $4-$5 million on the deal. If Sheets pitches as well as he’s capable (he’s a top-20 starter when healthy and apparently impressed everyone at his recent open tryout), the A’s could be a (gasp) good and relevant baseball team. In fact, it’s not out of the realm to ponder a starting rotation in Oakland that could jump ahead of the supposedly dominant starting staff across the Bay.
And as long as we’re talking about 1-year contracts to brittle free agent starters, I’ll say this: I’d rather take Sheets at $10M+ at age 31 than Randy Johnson for $8M at age 45. 300th win in front of 1,847 Nationals fans be damned.
We’ve got a kindred spirit when it comes to Stephen Curry
– Anthony Tolliver, starting PF. Maybe by next year the Warriors can fulfill their dream starting an entire lineup full of guys named Anthony. (48Minutes.net)
– “We’re not playing decent basketball right now because Nellie’s turning lemons into lemonade. We’re playing decent basketball because injuries have pushed Nellie out of the picture altogether.” Imagine back in 2007 finding out that this would be written about Nellie just three years later. You know, if the “We Believe” season actually happened. (Golden State Worriers)
– Matt Steinmetz writes, “Despite what’s being reported by other media outlets, pursuing Stoudemire isnâ€™t in Golden Stateâ€™s plans.” (CSNBayArea)
– Oh, Onion. You had me at “Shaq” and “pulled pork sandwich.” (The Onion)
– Grant Brisbee pulled off a major coup, getting Michael Lewis to let him run a sneak peek of his new book just for the McCoven faithful. I just don’t want to be the one to tell Brad Pitt that he’s too old to play Brian Bocock in the movie version of Up the Middle. (McCovey Chronicles)