Really, you have to admit I showed tremendous restraint when the news broke that free agent pitcher Ben Sheets (left) is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow.
I didn't write an item saying "I told you so." I didn't gloat and point out that I said throughout the offseason that Sheets was a terrible risk, especially for a team such as the Orioles. I didn't wax on and on about what a reasonable position I took while many others were insisting that the Orioles "owed" it to their fans to take a chance on him. I didn't remind you of my repeated contention that the Orioles would expose themselves to more ridicule if they committed $18 million over two years for a pitcher who ended up spending more than half the length of the contract rehabbing after surgery.
I'm just not that kind of guy.
While I'm on the subject of free agent pitchers the Orioles probably considered, Randy Wolf apparently has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth a modest $5 million or so. You would think the Orioles would have been interested in a pitcher like him at that price, and you probably would be right, but -- as a lot of people have been pointing out near the end of the offseason -- when the price falls that far below expectations, lots of teams want to sign the guy and he's probably going to choose a contender.
There was no final word today on Ty Wigginton, who was scheduled to come into town for a physical. I doubt there's any problem, but haven't heard anything one way or another. The contract probably will become official in a day or two. Scott Moore is expected to be waived to make room on the 40-man roster.