The Athletics land Ben Sheets

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ben sheets.jpgDanny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that the offer mentioned this morning was, in fact, competitive after all:

Free agent right-hander Ben Sheets has signed with the A’s, CBS Sports.com has learned.

Sheets agreed to terms on a one-year deal for more than $8 million. He
passed a physical today, and the deal is expected to be announced this
afternoon.

Original Big Three networks represent (R.I.P. DuMont).

Sheets is a great pickup for the A’s, especially at $8 million (Note: see below; it may have been $10 million).  If he pitches well and everything comes together, the A’s can compete.  If he pitches well and not everything comes together, he can be dealt for value to a contender at the deadline.  If he’s healthy, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him be just as good as John Lackey this year.

And if he has a setback? Well, the A’s weren’t going to do much without him, so not much is lost except a bit of money the A’s had apparently budgeted anyway.

Good signing.

UPDATE: Both Heyman and Olney are reporting that it’s not $8 million. Rather, that it’s $10 million plus bonuses.  That last $2 million plus makes this, oh, about $2 million less-good of a deal.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.