Friday, April 15, 2005

More on Sheets

It's all but announced now, here's a story from the Journal-Sentinel:

Sheets signs 4-year, $38 million deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed pitching ace Ben Sheets to a new four-year contract extension worth approximately $38 million.

Sheets, 26, had signed a $6 million deal for 2005 in February, but left open the option of tearing it up and negotiating a new four-year deal or merely adding a three-year extension. The two sides agreed to tear up the old deal and sign a new extension through 2008.

The ballclub was set to make the announcement at a news conference at 3:45 this afternoon at Miller Park. Sheets is set to take the mound at 7 tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sheets, a first-round draft pick of the Brewers in 1999, comes off an all-star season in 2004 in which his 264 strikeouts was tops among all right-handers and his 2.70 ERA was the lowest in baseball. A lack of run support, however, contributed to a losing record of 12-14.

He has a 46-54 career record in the major leagues with a 3.92 ERA and 696 strikeouts.

New owner Mark Attanasio had said the signing of Sheets was a priority for the ballclub.

-By Tom Haudricourt and Drew Olson

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