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Sheets spent his first eight seasons with Milwaukee, going 86-83 with a 3.72 ERA. He struck out a career-high 264 in 2004.
"Missing this whole year and concentrating on everything, I feel renewed for the game. I'm really antsy to get back out there," Sheets said. "I miss the competitive part of this game."
Sheets joins two-time All-Star Justin Duchscherer, Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden, with the other rotation spot likely going to either Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill or Vin Mazzaro.
Duchscherer underwent arthroscopic right elbow surgery on March 31 and later was treated for clinical depression. He got an incentive-laden, one-year contract.
Sheets had surgery last February to repair a torn flexor tendon that he hurt in 2008.
A year ago, pre-surgery, Sheets had his mind made up that he would pitch closer to where he grew up in the South: for Texas, Houston or Atlanta. Now, he says, "It doesn't matter where you play."
Sheets and the Rangers had been in negotiations on a two-year contract last winter but a physical for the 2008 All-Star game starter revealed the elbow problem.
Sheets joins an upgraded Oakland roster featuring new center fielder Coco Crisp and new third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. The A's finished with 75 wins for the second straight season and last in the AL West.
"I knew a market was going to develop as soon as I could show I was healthy," Sheets said.
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