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By Tim Dierkes [January 26, 2010 at 12:24pm CST] 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.


If the A's fail to sign Sheets, they might be Damon's best hope to beat the $2MM the Yankees are apparently willing to pay. But even after trading Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham, the Athletics' outfield depth chart includes Coco Crisp, Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney. They've got Jack Cust and Jake Fox as DH candidates.


Damon played for the A's in 2001, having been acquired from Kansas City as part of a three-team deal. He signed with the Red Sox after that season, netting the A's Nick Swisher and Mark Teahen in the '02 draft. A trade of Swisher to the White Sox in November of '08 brought current A's Fautino De Los Santos, Gio Gonzalez, and Sweeney.






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A lot of $$$ for a guy who didn't play at all in 2009. Oakland must really fancy their chances in the West this year with the Angels dominance seemingly diminished, although Seattle have drastically improved and Texas is always going to have a potent offense.




Not much risk in this.


If he stays healthy, he's worth the 10 million, and more.

If it doesn't pan out, it's only a 1 year deal.

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