If not for injuries ruining his career Ben Sheets would probably still be pitching at age 35, but instead the four-time All-Star called it quits after starting the final game of the Braves’ season last year.
And now he’s getting into coaching at his alma mater, joining the University of Louisiana-Monroe staff as a volunteer assistant.
Sheets pitched for ULM from 1997-1999 before being drafted 10th overall by the Brewers and earned more than $50 million during a 10-year career that saw him post a 3.78 ERA in 1,600 innings between injuries.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.