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Braves Sign Pitcher Ben Sheets to Minor League Contract


The Atlanta Braves today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Ben Sheets to a minor-league contract. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

Sheets, who turns 34 on July 18, will open his season at the Braves’ Mississippi (AA) affiliate on Wednesday, July 4. 

A four-time All-Star, Sheets owns a 90-92 career record in nine Major League seasons, with a 3.79 ERA and 1,290 strikeouts.  In eight seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, from 2001 to 2008, he posted double-digit win totals seven times, including a career-best 13-9 record with a 3.09 ERA in 2008.  In 2004, Sheets finished eighth in voting for the National League Cy Young Award, when he notched a 2.70 ERA and 264 strikeouts and led the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.25).

Sheets missed the 2009 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow in February of that year. He pitched for the Oakland Athletics in 2010 and made 20 starts before undergoing “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow in August of 2010. 

Sheets was originally drafted by Milwaukee in the first round (10th overall) of the 1999 Free-Agent draft and has made 241 Major League appearances, all starts.

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