Retired All-Star Ben Sheets starts coaching at alma mater

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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.

Report: Diamondbacks sign Jarrod Dyson to two-year, $7.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal is worth $7.5 million.

Dyson, 33, spent last season with the Mariners. He hit an underwhelming .251/.324/.350, but stole 28 bases while playing superb defense in center field.

Dyson doesn’t quite make up for the Diamondbacks losing J.D. Martinez, who just signed with the Red Sox, but he will bring some speed and defense to the outfield along with A.J. Pollock. It’s not quite clear how the D-Backs plan to utilize Dyson. That should be made clear after the deal is announced.