After last season, the Milwaukee Brewers offered arbitration to Ben Sheets in an effort to retain him even though he was recovering from an elbow injury. Sheets declined their offer and in doing so declared himself a free agent and was likely to sign a lucrative deal with another team ($10 - $15 Million). Unfortunately, he apparently was not aware that his sore elbow was because of torn flexor tendon in his ailing elbow. How he didn't know his elbow still hurt prior to declining the Brewers offer, I don't know but that little moment of painlessness has cost Sheets and fantasy owners. He had surgery on his elbow on Feb. 13th and is slated to return near mid-season. This little injury also makes him practically un-singable until after the June amateur draft because any team that signs him, except the Brewers, will forfeit a draft pick because of the arbitration offer.
Currently, Sheets has been rehabbing his arm near his residence in Dallas with Rangers team doctor Keith Meister at a facility actually owned by the Rangers. The Rangers, along with the Yankees, Brewers, Mets, and a few others teams, were interested in signing the hard-throwing right hander prior to the diagnosis on his elbow. Sheets and Brewers GM Doug Melvin have stated that a return to the Brewers is unlikely as there seemed to be some animosity with Sheets and the Brewers. This leads me to believe that the Rangers will be the team he signs with after the 2009 amateur draft as it goes with the aforementioned information of his rehab, residence, as well as the Rangers needing pitching. When healthy, Sheets is a bona-fide ace and even half a year of Sheets is likely worth more than a decent #3 pitcher. The problem is that since Sheets stupidly turned down Milwaukee's arbitration offer and likely won't sign with a team until mid-season he has no team to disable him therefore he will be a labeled "Not Active" for half the season. So, he is a dead spot on any fantasy team until he signs with a team and is listed on their disabled list.