Yanks Sign Sexson

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees and Richie Sexson, whom the Mariners released, have reached an agreement. According to Olney, the Yankees only have to pay Sexson a prorated minimum of $390,000–less than they’ll pay for American Idle Carl Pavano for (presumably) nothing over the same stretch. Sexson had certainly been a disappointment with the Mariners the last couple years, but still hits lefties well (.344, 5 homers, 12 RBIs in 61 at-bats). I’m not sure about the Yanks, but I sure don’t see him as a starting first baseman. Rather, I see him as having the potential to shore up the bench, play defense late in games–he’s sure a lot better than Betemit at first–and provide a righty bat with some pop against lefties. He’s a low-risk signing and, if he doesn’t work, has neither cost much nor has to stay. I certainly hope the Yanks make additional moves for a second-half run, say, for a left-handed reliever and, if Matsui is done for the year with knee surgery, a long-term and younger replacement in left.

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  1. listen he’s no panacea for sure—but i’ll take it. we really need a bat- who knows- maybe he’ll blossom in the bronx-

  2. Flourish I eould hope, Was I right or was I right?

  3. My take on the all-star closer fiasco (previous post) was that Francona did communicate to all parties involved prior to the game that Mo would close, although I read somewhere that he communicated to Mo through Girardi. I think that Papelbon accepted it, probably through gritted teeth, but didn’t want it to look like the decision was so obvious, so his comments were all over the place. Francona, to your point certainly a player’s manager, in this case to a fault, indulged him by not specifically naming the closer (I loved his line about not wanting to give away strategy- please). In trying to be mindful of his own player’s ego, he hurt him by underestimating (inexplicably) the fan reaction at the Stadium. And when all was said and done, Papelbon came off looking like a total donkey on a national stage.

  4. Geoff, that scenario is certainly possible and, in the end, I would place te onus on Papelbon. Francona probably should have been more direct, and Papelbon certainly should have had enough brains and savvy to have handled the situation with at least the facade of grace and unselfishness. But those characteristics seem beyond his ken. Total donkey is right.

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