One scout told the MLB Network: “Good mechanics. Great shape. Is way ahead of where he’d be velocity wise at [the beginning of a] normal spring.”
The Mets, in need of rotation help, will compete with the Cubs, Rangers, Seattle and St. Louis, who are also said to be interested.
Initially, Sheets was after a one-year deal worth $12 million, but reportedly the market is at one year for $8 million and loaded with incentives.
For $8 million, is he worth the gamble? The Mets rotation is Johan Santana and four question marks. If Sheets is healthy and productive, what can the Mets expect? Twelve, 13 wins? Sheets had a strong 2008 with 198 innings and 13 victories after three straight down years in which he didn’t make more than 23 starts.
Sheets is 86-83 lifetime, so it’s not like the Mets are thinking about signing Don Drysdale. Sheets, when healthy, has been reliable and consistent, but not spectacular.
The Mets could use spectacular, but for now I’ll settle for reliable.