Cubs Plan to Make a Run at Ben Sheets

According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs will make a run at free agent Ben Sheets. According to the Tribune, the Cubs will watch the Sheets work out later in the month.

As reported on several occasions by Bruce Levine, Jim Hendry spoke with Sheets agent, Casey Close, during the Winter Meetings. Jim Hendry declined to comment on Sheets to the Tribune.

Paul Sullivan reported the Cubs are one of Sheets preferred destinations.

Dave Kaplan mentioned the Cubs interest in Sheets on Monday night during Sports Central … and also indicated they would be in attendance for Sheets’ workouts.

From the Tribune:

Sheets reportedly has been asking for a two-year deal averaging around $10 million to $12 million per year, but the Cubs believe they have a good shot at landing him with an incentive-laden deal.

If Sheets is healthy and his desire to pitch for the Cubs is real, he could give manager Lou Piniella a formidable rotation in 2010, anchored by Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly.

With Lilly expected to miss at least a month after arthroscopic shoulder surgery, Randy Wells would then move to fifth starter after Lilly’s return, with newly acquired Carlos Silva serving as long man in the bullpen.

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