The Best of the Rest

There's a post on this site about every other day calling for the Braves to go after Ben Sheets, so I thought, if you can't ban them all then why not join them. I've been a fan of Sheets in the past, but this off-season everyone can't stop talking about his injuries, especially the ones he supposedly suffered at the end of last season. Those injuries have scared a lot of people; it certainly seems to have scared the Braves front office.

I get it, the Braves are shell-shocked from three-plus years of Mr. Glass, plus injuries last year to Smoltz, Glavine, and Hudson; and if we indeed give Smoltz and Glavine one last hurah next year, what will it mean if we add even more injury risk to the rotation in Ben Sheets. But I say we should add Sheets, and even give Smoltz and Glav a crack at the rotataion.

We've got a lot of young starters, from Charlie Morton to Jo-Jo Reyes to James Parr to Todd Redmond to some guy named Hanson. These are all guys who could arguably use more time in the minors to refine their craft, but could also be serviceable to decent in the major leagues right now. So let's let them stay in the minors, refine their craft, and be the backups to the old rebuilt bones and ligaments in the majors, and let's roll the dice on Sheets and Smoltz and even Glavine... again.

It's not the best option, but after everything that's fallen through so far this off-season, it may be all that is left without giving up more than we want in future talent. Tim Dierkes, a blogger who keeps up with the goings-on of the free agent market better than anyone else, says that the Rangers are really the only team with tepid at best interest in Ben Sheets. It's got to be worth trying to get Ben Sheets at a discounted price, or sign him to a contract with performance clauses that doesn't financially penalize the Braves if Sheets is unable to be healthy all season. Even with the risk of injury, a healthy Sheets is as good as anything else on the market, and worth taking a chance on.

Call it plan-D, but that's where the Braves are at right now.

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