For the last couple of weeks, it's sort of seemed like a foregone conclusion that Ben Sheets would head to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers can use another arm and with Mike Maddux, his old pitching coach in Milwaukee, in Arlington, it all seemed like a good fit. And so, of course, TR Sullivan, the Rangers' MLB.com beat writer, is writing tonight that he doesn't think Sheets will end up in Texas.
Sullivan's post is on his blog and it's entirely speculative, so it's hard to say whether he's got some real information or it's just a gut feeling like he says it is. It certainly seems to me that reports from MLB.com are unreliable, but pointing out that they messed up the Jason Bay trade at the deadline last year ignores that other sources have whiffed on things like the Jermaine Dye and Jack Wilson trades that never happened. Still, Sullivan wrote this in a blog post, not an article on Rangers.com, so it truly is hard to say how much there is to this.
Where does that leave Sheets? The Rangers had seemed like the only team remotely interested right now, so Sheets' price will have to come way down in the next month if they're not interested. Kyle Lohse remained unemployed until March 15th last year, but Sheets is much better than Lohse and I'm still a little surprised he hasn't found a job yet. I'm sure he'll eventually find a team. I just have no idea what team that might be.
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