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Dollars don't add up for Sheets

Cubs' payroll constraints make signing pitcher a longshot

Updated: January 12, 2010, 6:10 PM ET
By Bruce Levine

All the speculation about Ben Sheets and the Chicago Cubs is purely that -- speculation. Yes, the Cubs like Sheets and Cubs general manager Jim Hendry did talk to Sheets' agent Casey Close at the winter meetings, but in this case where there's smoke there isn't necessarily fire.

At that time, Sheets was looking for somewhere in the area of $7 to $8 million a year. That is certainly a hefty amount considering that he hasn't pitched since 2008 and had right elbow surgery that caused him ...

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