Just about three weeks ago the often injured righty Ben Sheets threw in front of scouts, including one from the Yankees, in his latest comeback attempt. They were impressed so much that they offered him a minor league contract, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, unfortunately he turned them down and signed with the Braves.
Apparently Sheets preferred to pitch in the NL over the AL (what smart pitcher wouldn’t?). Atlanta is also a pitcher’s park and close to his home in Louisiana so it had the edge. The Yankees also have an opening now with Andy Pettitte on the DL, but once he comes back in September there would have been a possibility that Sheets could lose his job. That situation isn’t nearly as likely in Atlanta.
This shows us that the Yankees will add another starter if they find an opportunity. Sheets is a bit different than most chances they will get as he has great potential if he could stay healthy and will not cost the Yankees anything in prospects.
Sheets hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2010 and has a career 3.79 ERA, 7.5 K/9, and 2.1 BB/9 over parts of nine seasons with the Brewers and A’s.