Sheets Throws 'Very Well' in Audition
The scout speculated that the Cubs, Mets and Rangers are the favorites to sign Sheets, a four-time All-Star who from 2007-08 was 25-14 with a 3.39 ERA. Perhaps surprisingly, Oakland had multiple people there along with the above clubs.
A "ton" of teams were on hand, the scout said, including the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Phillies and Reds.
Texas sent pitching coach Mike Maddux, and the Mets contingent included Chris Correnti, their physical rehabilitation specialist.
Agent Casey Close did not address how the process will go from here, saying only. "The workout went very well, and he impressed all those in attendance." Some believe Sheets is seeking a two-year deal -- although it will almost certainly be heavily incentive-laden because of his injury history.
Sheets, who turns 32 in July, first threw 20 fastballs, topping out at 91 mph with his usual sinking action. After a break, he threw another 20 pitches, half of them curves. Then in his third session, his fastball topped out at 88 mph and Sheets looked "gassed."
Even so, the scout said, Sheets "looked good physically and was in good shape" and should be equal to or ahead of other pitchers when spring training opens.
"No red flags," the scout said. "No restrictions. He threw nice and loose.
"It couldn't have gone any better."