Yanks, Sexson reach tentative deal

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Buster Olney reports that Richie Sexson and the Yankees are a good fit have reached a tentative deal. The righty, released last week by Seattle, will get paid the pro-rated minimum by the Yanks and could be in the lineup on Saturday when the Yanks face A’s lefty Greg Smith.

The Mariners had let Sexson go over concerns surrounding his attitude and his .218/.315/.381 offensive line in 292 plate appearances this year. But the Yanks’ view Sexson’s right-handed bat as a balancing force in a lineup that has struggled against southpaws this year. In 71 plate appearances against lefties, Sexson is hitting .344/.423/.623 this year. And if Sexson doesn’t stick in New York, it’s only money.

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  • austinNYfan

    I guess they have given up on Shelly. He is a career AAAA guy anyway.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      He’s injured anyway. Out for the season.

      Plus, I’d take Sexson’s bat over Shelley Duncan’s any day.

      • mustang

        Wow…. that’s a change of heart a few weeks back you said the last thing the Yankees needed was a 32 year old that can’t hit clogging up the bench.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          People are allowed to change their minds.

          And I never said anything about clogging up the bases. If he were actually on base to clog up the bases, I’d be happy. But with that .315 OBP, he’s actually clogging up the scoreboard with outs.

          • mustang

            I said bench not bases. The only reason I said anything was because I brought up this same scenario a month ago and you shot me down.
            You’re right people can change their minds.

            Want to change your mind on Nady?
            LOL

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

              No. You’re missing the point re: Sexson v. Nady.

              Richie Sexson costs the Yanks nothing more than, at most, $200,000. They don’t have to give up prospects; they don’t have to do anything. And Richie Sexson sucks. They’re not expecting anything.

              Xavier Nady, on the other hand, is the classic “sell high” guy for the Pirates. He’s had a career half-season, and I’m sure the Pirates are asking a lot for him. So instead of paying a few hundred thousand – pocket change for the Yanks – they’d have to give up some good young players, and then they’d be screwed when Nady comes back to New York and regresses to his usual average levels of production. There’s no way a Xavier Nady deal this year will ever make sense.

              • mustang

                I wasn’t comparing the two I meant just Nady.
                I disagree with you on Nady I see a guy who has played in NY who numbers have gotten better over the last few years playing in a ballpark similar to Yankees Stadium. And if the price is right which will probably go down closer to the deadline they should do it. It will cost them a lot less than Holliday and Bay (# vs. lefties this year ouch!).

                • whozat

                  “who numbers have gotten better over the last few years”

                  Actually, his OPS+ (park adjusted OPS) has stayed stable at around 108 until the first half of this season.

                  So, he’s a bit above average and likely to return to that form. That’s a more realistic assessment of the player…he is who he’s been for the last several years, not the guy he’s been for the last couple months.

                • mustang

                  Ok you maybe right, but when you factor in cost and the fact that Nady kills lefties while someone like Bay has not hit lefties well since 2006 I still say it’s the better move.
                  We see good point anyway.

                • mustang

                  We will see….

              • christopher

                someone else would cost next to nothing and .480 OBP is what will help this team score runs.

                who cares about PR – ths s about winning and you know who s the best chance ths team has to make the playoffs

      • B

        Guys here some food for thought. I don’t believe that the Sexson deal will be the only deal the Yankees make. I see some people on here calling for the Yankees to sign Bonds. I’m not sure if I am in favor of that because I don’t like Bonds but he won’t cost us any prospects and might give our offense a boost. Not sure if these rumors are true but it might be worth to keep looking into it.

        http://www.mlbnewsonline.com/2008/07/clarification-on-barry-bonds-talks-with.html

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          We really need to stop giving any credence to these rumors until they’re substantiated. Everyone involved has denied them, and the sourcing is a blog that, before today, was getting fewer than 300 page views per day. It’s a publicity stunt, and while it’s working, it does more harm to the blogger cause than good.

          • Geno

            There’s a blogger cause? Do you have a credo?

            Look up in the stands! Is it a journalist? A fan? No! It’s Blog Man! Faster than a daily paper, more powerful than a casual fan, it’s Blog Man to the rescue!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      He’s on the shelf for quite a bit with a shoulder injury.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Dave Duncan is the only person on the planet who hasn’t given up on Shelly.

      • steve (different one)

        maybe Sandy Duncan too, but she has a glass eye.

    • B

      Maybe Sexson can be to us like Ortiz was to the red sox in 2003? Hey, you never know? And if not, they could always just let him go. Not like they are paying a ton of money for him or traded away some prospects for him.

  • Jake

    Bronx Banter is “reporting” a rumor that the Yanks are in negotiations with Bonds. Maybe this second half will be interesting after all.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      We’ve only commented on that very unsubstantiated rumor in this thread. There’s absolutely nothing to suggest that a fairly obscure blog has this story nailed, and in fact, Brian Cashman was on the radio this morning emphatically denying interest in Bonds.

      • B

        That is true. But Cashman had also said that Bubba Crosby was our centerfielder and then went out and signed Damon. So I don’t believe anything until it happens!

    • r.w.g.

      That article didn’t seem very genuine. I’d actually like the team to sign Bonds, because we need a hitter and I don’t want to give up prospects. That being said, they aren’t signing him and I think they’ve made that pretty clear.

      They signed Sexson and I think going forward he and Gardner are going to be asked to help out the offense until Johnny gets back.

  • Bill N

    So what does this mean for any other potential moves ? Not so excited about this one but hopefully Mr. Sexon proves me wrong

    • whozat

      “So what does this mean for any other potential moves ?”

      Nothing much, probably. If they were thinking about looking to upgrade in RF, this has no impact. If they were thinking about looking to upgrade in CF, the bench, or the rotation…no impact. All this does it take ABs away from Betemit hitting righty.

  • JeremyM

    I’d rather bring aboard Bonds, Sexson is horrible.

    • whozat

      “In 71 plate appearances against lefties, Sexson is hitting .344/.423/.623 this year.”

      Yeah, that is TERRIBLE. Betemit has been hitting SO MUCH better than that as our right-handed first baseman.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        It’s too small a sample size, but there’s no doubt that the Yanks should give him a shot.

      • TurnTwo

        he’s a career .265 hitter against LHP, from what i found. he’s got a good career slugging percentage, but you have to assume he will regress to his averages when provided more opportunity and a larger sample size, no?

        for me, i dont think he’s gonna help much at all, but at least Cashman is trying something. and if he fails, you cut him and move on. he certainly wont be any worse than Betemit, but i dont know how much better he’s gonna be either.

        but again, i really dont care for this “throw sh*t against the wall to see if it sticks” method.

        • whozat

          “but again, i really dont care for this “throw sh*t against the wall to see if it sticks” method.”

          It makes more sense than “spend a bunch to upgrade a team with no shot at a title anyway”

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Actually, no matter what our long term strategy is — building from within the farm system with youth; making blockbuster trades for big talent; spending lavishly on free agents; having a fire sale to restock the talent — we should ALWAYS use the “throw shit against the wall to see if it sticks” method. Worst case scenario, you’re right where you started off with; best case scenario, you’ve plugged a hole or upgraded an option.

            There is virtually no downside to moves like kicking a few bucks towards the Richie Sexsons, Sidney Ponsons, Eric Miltons, Al Aceveses, Shawn Chacons, Aaron Smalls, Josh Phelpses, Jim Browerses, or (dare I say it?) Reggie Stockers of the world, other than spending a few meaningless bucks here and there and giving someone a few starts at Scranton to see if there’s lightning in their bottles. Even if we had everyone healthy and no major holes, we should be looking under every rock to find a better backup utility infielder or spot-starting long man.

            It’s called low-hanging fruit for a reason.

            • steve (different one)

              exactly. it’s kindof funny to hear people rip this move after ripping Cashman for not taking a flyer on Colon.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                Don’t worry, they’ll be back… when Tony Clark hits a homer for the D-Bags next week, they’ll rip on Cash for not signing him instead.

          • TurnTwo

            this is where i think we just disagree. this team is good enough to advance into the playoffs if they get there.

            you move prospects, but be smart about it. get a guy you can control for a year or two, minimum, so you arent moving valuable pieces simply on a 3 month rental.

            this team can win this year. most of us here thought that at the beginning of the year, and after watching the AL teams currently battling for the Wild Card for the first 95 games, the Yankees are just as good as they are, and those teams have flaws just like the yankees do.

            • whozat

              “this is where i think we just disagree. this team is good enough to advance into the playoffs if they get there. ”

              They certainly haven’t played that way. There are multiple pieces of the team that are underperforming and showing no real signs of snapping out of it.

              • Newman

                They weren’t playing that way a year ago either. But I bet you were pretty confident heading into the playoffs against the Indians

              • TurnTwo

                what are these multiple pieces?

                back of rotation? and Abreu/Cano/Posada?

  • Chip

    What if the short porch in right has the same effect on Sexson as the wall in Boston had on Ortiz. I just hope he can put up a sem-respectable line so we don’t see Betemit starting everyday

  • ChrisS

    And Giambi, who will likely be replaced in the line-up by Mr. Sexson, has a .903 OPS against lefties, as a lefty, in 104 PAs. This move is pointless because Sexson can’t play the OF.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Ideally, Giambi would DH and Sexson play first against lefties. No one is advocating sitting Giambi.

      • http://2009 Haggs

        Right, but it’s a safe bet that Joe “OMG it’s a lefty” Girardi will use Sexson at the expense of Giambi. Not all the time but sometimes. And sometimes is too often.

        I could him playing Sexson at 1B, Posada at DH and Molina at C, or Betemit as DH and Posada at C.

        Sexson should not cost Giambi AB’s, but I fear he will.

        • A.D.

          The “OMG Lefty” was already costing Giambi playing time….so there’s no reason to believe this would cost anymore

          • JT

            I agree, Girardi needs to stop with that Bs. Let’s sit all the productive players and keep melky in the game cause he’s a switch hitter…. um have you seen his numbers from the right side?

      • Brian

        just sitting Betemit for 1st duty is highly advisable.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Exactly, Sexson would only be taking the AB’s that Giambi wasn’t getting in the first place, the ones that were going to Betemit (and the departed Matsui).

  • Simon B.

    The most annoying thing about this is the continual moans from Yankee fans about how they should’ve signed Bonds not Sexson.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Yeah, because those Yankee fans are total fucking idiots for wanting to fill the mammoth hole in our lineup with a guy who’s OPS+ the last two years was 156 and 170 when Big Sexy’s 84 and 90 was a perfectly good alternative.

      What stupid chowderheads those pro-Barry Bonds Yankee fans are.

      • Simon B.

        Personally, I’m not keen on one of the biggest abominations in baseball of the last few decades joining the Yankee. I think the assumptions of him hitting well are very tenuous. He’s 44, hasn’t played in almost a year, and most of his success rode on NL pitchers handing him intentional walks (both official and unofficial) with nobody to protect him in one of the worst lineups in recent memory..

        I very much doubt his production would help the Yankees significantly to offset the disgrace of allowing the asshole to play.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          You know why he’s “one of the biggest abominations in baseball”?

          Because we, the general public, have chosen to make him one of the biggest abominations in baseball. The main reason he’s a pariah is because we want him to be a pariah. It has very little to do with him and a lot to do with us.

          I’m an adult. (Several of my juvenile stupid posts notwithstanding.) I know the steroid era was way bigger than Barry Bonds, and so all of my sorrow and shame and disgust about it does not have to reside solely within his personage. It’s not a simple, black and white (pardon the pun) issue. It’s not “Baseball is good and Barry Bonds is bad”.

          And you may be right about the assumptions of him hitting well being tenuous… but you can say the same about all the FA options, like Sexson. I know that I have way more confidence in him hitting than I do in Sexson…

          • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Because we, the general public, have chosen to make him one of the biggest abominations in baseball. The main reason he’s a pariah is because we want him to be a pariah.

            And, you know, there’s the whole federal indictment thingee.

            He’s more trouble than he’s worth, in my opinion.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

              Mike – He’s not due in court until March 2009.

              He’s in the free and clear, legally, for all of 2008.

          • Simon B.

            Bonds is not the only one who took steroids, but he is the most disgraced. He lied, cheated, and continues without remorse, without apology, and without redemption. He broke two of the best records in baseball and they now stand sullied. He is just a jerk. And before the inevitable “But Clemens did that too!”, I hate Clemens as well.

            Sexson is a low-risk investment by definition. He is getting the minimum pro-rated. I don’t expect much, but you never know with his splits.

            • Glen L

              Reggie Jackson was a jerk too … ask the 1977 Yankees how the felt about winning the world series with him

              • JT

                You dont seriously think Bonds is bringing this anemic team to the world series. Can I get what your smoking?

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                  I’m not asking him to bring us to the World Series. I’m asking him to hit the ball harder and more frequently than Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Justin Christian, and the Ghost of Hideki Matsui.

                  I don’t think that’s a stretch.

    • christopher

      you are right – we are stupid. what a bunch of idiots the offense s trugglng our LF s ou and damon cant stay healthy. under no crcumstances should we brng up the idea of bringing aboard, a guy wha can probably stll get on base to the tune of .450, knock out 20 homeruns n the scond chance and allow AROD to see a steady diet of nothng but fastballs.

      hey there is a need + a soluton, but of course its a stupd idea

  • dan

    Ah, its been a while since the passing of the “good fit” epidemic.

    I like the move, except that Sexson isn’t too good defensively. Mariner fans generally agreed in 2007 that Sexson’s defense was terrible (although they hate him as a hitter so there might be a little spill over).

    http://tangotiger.net/scouting/scoutResults2007_SEA.html

  • Brian

    Bye, bye Moeller?

    I want Bonds. Despite the concomitant media frenzy, A-Rod will love playing with him and the eventual passing of a once-pinstriped Bonds will have 2008 as a touchstone. I don’t believe a word of what Cashman’s saying. Bonds is coming to NY. Back when everyone said it would take Johnny and Hideki being injured, back when Bonds wasn’t a league-minimum guy, that was when it didn’t make sense. It’s a perfect Bonds storm, and I’m fine that it took all this to get there. I also think it could potentially diminish pressures on guys like Cano so they can start performing as they should.

    Completely different issue, but is there any more talk on Darvish for ’09?

    Teixeira, Darvish, Sabathia…(commenter drools)…and I’d take 2 out of 3.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Man, I’m warning you, don’t get too caught up in the Darvish hype. Everyone that’s pumping it up has never seen him pitch. Remember how Dice-K was supposed to be one of the 10 best pitchers in the world? Remember Hideki Irabu?

      Japanese position players and relievers have done very well. The starting pitchers just can’t seem to make the transition. Even Nomo was below average within 3 years of coming stateside.

      • Ivan

        Yea people seem to figured out okajima, and Matsuzaka has been more lucky than good in m opinion. Although to be fair Matsuzakahas been solid though.

      • TurnTwo

        not for nothing, but Matsuzaka did have a hand in pitching the Saux to a WS title.

        he may not have been the best pitcher on the team, but when winning is everything, you cant say he wasnt worth the money.

        • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          He was also just a small piece of the WS puzzle. Is he worth the money? They payed pver $100M for him, I’m not so sure he’s been worth it, yet.

          • pat

            plus davrish is nowhere near being posted 3 more yrs i think

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

              His team better strike while the iron is hot. In 3 years the Yankees and Red Sox may be filled with quality home-grown pitching talent.

          • TurnTwo

            just my opinion, but especially for a franchise that doesnt have to necessarily worry about payroll, winning is everything.

            you can afford to overpay to get the right piece if he’s going to help you win.

            Dice-K is a perfect example. you dont think they paid for the rest of that contract from the sales of WS merch and Red Sox tickets they sold this year after winning the WS last year?

            he could do bubkis the rest of that contract, and he’ll still be known to have contributed to a WS title.

            • whozat

              “he could do bubkis the rest of that contract, and he’ll still be known to have contributed to a WS title.”

              To me, here’s the thing…that’s obviously the perception, but what did he really add? League average production during the season, several short and bad 5-inning starts in the ALDS/ALCS, and then one mediocre 5.1 inning start in the series.

              People rip Moose up and down for his post-season performance (which is much better), but Matsuzaka gets a pass?

              • TurnTwo

                he doesnt get a pass, he gets a WS ring. players dont get ripped apart when they are on winning teams.

                players on losing teams get ripped apart because thfans need to blame someone, or find excuses somewhere.

                all im saying is that yeah, they paid a lot of money, but they got a WS title, and could run off more in the next couple years.

                DiceK was an investment, and they’ve prob gotten their return back already.

                • whozat

                  “DiceK was an investment, and they’ve prob gotten their return back already.”

                  I guess I look at it like this…I dumped big money into some stock, but also have a diverse and promising portfolio. The one stock doesn’t really make me much money, but doesn’t cost me money either. The rest of my portfolio goes through the roof.

                  Good investment or bad investment?

        • Ivan

          Irabu won a championship too you know. Not to mention Matsuzaka wasn’t great in plaoffs either.

          • Chris

            Irabu actually won 2 championships…

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos
      • RCK

        Obviously the Yankees have been burned by going after Japanese pitchers in the past, but eventually one of these guys will make the transition and be excellent, if not “live up to the hype.” When there is this amount of hype it’s hard for anyone to live up to it no matter how amazing. Darvish needs to be carefully scouted as they would any other prospect, and then hopefully a good decision will be made. I hate to see the Yankees miss out on a great pick up like they did with Inoa.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        I want Yu Darvish in pinstripes so that when he takes the mound, just like Mo with “Enter Sandman”, the stadium PA can blast out “Crank Dat” a/k/a “Superman Dat Hoe” by Soulja Boy.

        “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh-
        YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!

      • B

        Watch Darvish pitch here::

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqul1GyK7-g

    • christopher

      go all out and add Dunn in place of commentator drools secton. dont care about all the crap sad about him – he wll be on base 40 percent of the tmeht 40-50 homers with 100 RBI

      look at the numbers of this offense and even last year’s mnus AOD – there is a major power shortage that needs to be rectfed. how many 2nd baseman and sortstops around the game have more homeruns than anyone on the team

      add Dunn and I love it. in retrospect the Dice-K bid looks genius – maybe we can get one of the right for a change

  • A.D.

    I like this move, worth a shot, it costs peanuts, and the change of scenery might work out, Abreu picked it up after being traded to the Yanks

  • Ivan

    As for the move, well I guess he can be useful. I can’t stand Sexson but despite the small sample against lefties, he has put up impressive #’s. Besides it only cost the anks money anyway.

  • Shane

    love the move for Sexson. I would miserable too if I played for Seattle. I’ll put a nickle on 10-15 homers in the second half.

  • Serious Jujar

    Maybe he’ll turn off the suck.

  • E-ROC

    This acquisition doesn’t hurt. Sexson should prove to be better than Betemit against lefties, hopefully. Now, the Yanks just need to sign Pablo Ozuna. Then the righty lineup will be even better against lefties. J/K…

  • Stryker

    alot of sources reporting that the yankees have agreed in principle on a deal to sign barry bonds.

    fuck.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It’s a bunch of places repeating the same bogus rumor.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Show one single reliable source, and I will be concerned/happy/amused/analytic. Right now, I’m just flat-out skeptical.

    • r.w.g.

      It’s just one place, isn’t it? And it’s a home-made Blogspot website.

  • E-ROC

    Does anyone know what it will take to get Francisco Liriano? Just curious…..

    • greg

      why would the twins trade him?

      • E-ROC

        I know it won’t happen; just asking a question.

        • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Joba?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            How much would it cost to get 24 year old lefty Fransisco Liriano, less than a year after the Twins traded away Santana and let Torii Hunter walk?

            Joba, AJax, Brackman, Montero, and two PTBNL’s.

            Maybe.

    • A.D.

      I find it redic he’s considering filing a grievence with the league because he’s still in AAA, what a douche

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

    I’m sure that Kevin Long will straightened him out………..I was almost able to type that with a straight face.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

      Or straighten….

  • Setty

    Let the Dick Sex era begin

  • JohnC

    Does Sexson ever hit to the opposite field or is he strictly a pull hitter? He could probably easily reach the short porch in right with hisn power, if he hits that way.

    • TurnTwo

      strictly a pull hitter… he’s only gone to the opposite field for 13% of his hits thru his career.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Big Sexy does nothing but pull it hard all day and all night long to try and knock it out.

        In a related story, I’m eagerly looking forward to the Danilo “Big Cock” Gallinari era for the Knicks.

        • giselle

          gallo, which is his nickname in italy, means “rooster” in italian.

  • jsbrendog

    just something to think about, scott brosius came to the yankees after hitting somethign like 201 in a full season at 3rd for the A’s and had if i remember correctly a couple seasons of hitting over 300. sometimes a new team and fresh start can just do it to ya…..we’ll find out if big sexy’s a gamer or a flamer (haha im proud of that one)

    • Rob_in_CT

      Scotty Brosius had one fluke year (1998) when he hit .300. Outside of that, his offense was terrible.

      Sexson isn’t going to suddenly get better. That said, he still can hit LHP. That’s his job now, I expect him to do it decently.

      • ChrisS

        That said, he still can may hit LHP. That’s his job now

        He didn’t hit them so hot in 06 or 07. This year he’s got all of 21 hits off of lefties in 67 PAs. 2or 3 less and he’s hitting .268 instead of .344 against them.

        Not to mention the cavernous Death Valley in left center.

        It’s no risk, low upside pick up for the Yankees. Cashman has got to have a better plan to improve this weak team than fiddling with these types of signings.

  • jsbrendog

    also, it could be a big improvement for him since he now has that magical thing called protection…who was protecting sexson in seattle? why throw him something he can hit?? slide him in there b/t arod and posada and who knwos, maybe he gets a few more fb to hit ….its possible

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    not a bad signing. cant be worse than betemit (probably).

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      What is with all the Betemit hate? He can play passably anywhere on the infield and occasionally hit the ball out of the park. What more do you want out of a utility infielder?

      • TurnTwo

        i think thats just it… utility IF, not an everyday player.

        not that Betemit really played everyday, though.

      • daneptizl

        A .300 OBP. I mean he’s rivaling Miguel Cairo.

        • Cult of Basebaal

          quick match the line to the lousy player!

          1) miguel cairo
          2) hacky mcheadfirstslide
          3) wilson betemit

          a) .243/.268/.411
          b) .217/.291/.261
          c) .241/.301/.347

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            “Hacky McHeadfirstslide”… i love it. hilarious.

            • Cult of Basebaal

              well, my other nickname for him is “meekly” cabrera

          • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            1B, 2C, 3A? Eh? Just guessin’.

            • Cult of Basebaal

              spot on.

  • pat

    i also heard hes a good fit for mike d’antoni’s run and gun offense

  • Setty

    Ben, just out of curiousity, did you cross out “is a good fit” because you don’t think he is or b/c that is what you thought before they officially signed him?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      It’s an old Buster Olney joke from 2007. Before A-Rod opted out, he wrote a whole piece about which team would be “a good fit” for A-Rod, and we decided that A-Rod would be a good fit for any team.

  • radnom

    wow that got removed fast…….

    more on topic, I would honestly rather see Betimeit get these at bats

    • whozat

      Why? Is it the fact that he’s a worse hitter right handed than Sexson?

      • radnom

        He still has some potential, he is fairly young with a bit of pop. If you remember last year we traded Proctor for him everyone assumed it was insurance in case Arod bolted we would have someone to pencil into first base. I’m not saying I like the idea of either one of them being counted on in the lineup, nor do I think this is a bad signing, but I think either of them could get on a little streak a help out down the stretch a bit and I think that Betemeit has more of a chance of that (not much).

        • radnom

          *pencil in at third base

          duh

          • whozat

            As for this…he was insurance, yes, so that other teams couldn’t hold us up. I figured that Betemit (against righties only, pretty muc), along with some righty 3B (Crede?) and Giambi would have given us solid production out of the infield corners if ARod left. Nothing like what we’ve gotten WITH ARod, of course. But I figured Betemit would be OK as the lefty side of a platoon over at 3B, maybe with spot games elsewhere. But, since the issue here hitting against lefties and spelling Giambi in the field…I have to go with Sexson as the better option.

            And now I can yell “BIIIG SEXY!!!” at my TV.

        • whozat

          Betemit has been a poor hitter right-handed for a while now. Lefty, I don’t really mind him. Though, one of his strong points USED to be taking walks. I figure that, with the pretty regular playing time he’s had, it pretty clear his not-walking isn’t a matter of rustiness or intermittent ABs.

          I don’t really care about the long-term upside of Betemit. If he’s not walking anymore, he’s not THAT useful beyond a bench piece anyhow. He can’t hit lefties. Sexson has been hitting lefties thus far this season. Given that…why would you consider Betemit a better bet to get on a hot streak? Especially when what we need is a right-handed bat so that Jason can get some time off from the field.

  • mustang

    No-brainer. Anything is better than Bonds.

  • Brian

    Head firmly entrenched in gutter, we have Big Dick Sexson relieving the All Adult Film Star in Giambi. And New York is STILL big enough for Bonds. The market-based headlines alone provide proper cause.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Did you know that Sexson’s full name is Richmond Lockwood Sexson?

      Dick-Lock Sexy…

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Richmond Lockwood Sexson? That’s almost as good as Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin.

      • whozat

        I hereby change Richie Sexson’s nickname in my head from “Big Sexy” to “Dicklock”

        It’s like Matlock, but porn.

        • Ivan

          Like instead of X-Men, it’s XXX-Men.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Ben, the first time he’s in the starting lineup, I will be so disappointed if you don’t write “DH – Dicklock Sexy”.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

              Dammit. Both Ben and I are going to be away this weekend. Mike, we leave this in your hands.

            • ChrisS

              I take back anything bad about Richie Sexson. I’m now on board the Dicklock Sexy bandwagon.

              Here’s to an 900 OPS and 22 HRs in the 2nd half.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                I want to see him at 1B so the bleacher creatures can put him in the rollcall.

                “Dicklockwood Sexy”. AMAZING.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    BTW, we open the second half tomorrow with our best three pitchers (Moose-Joba-Pettitte) against the A’s, and then finish the homestand with the Twinkies, who are 21-24 on the road.

    The Sox are at the Angels and draw Lackey, Saunders, and Weaver and then go to Seattle and will probably face the eminently hittable Cha Seung Baek and R.A. Dickey, before they finish against King Felix.

    If we go, say 5-1 and the Sox go 2-4, we could be going into the weekend series in Fenway only 3 back and with Joba-Pettitte-Ponson lined up against Beckett-Wakefield-Lester. And, we may be able to have a starting 9 of Damon-Jeter-Bobby-PlayRod-Giambi-Posada-Sexson-Cano-Gardner by then.

    I’m just saying.

    • scott

      yes it is very likely that a team that went 1-3 against the Pirates and Jays before the break will jump out on a 5-1 streak…..against 2 teams with better records thatn the yanks….reality check

      • TheLastClown

        Well….the A’s have a better record by one game, and the Twins by two. Not really a statistically significant discrepancy.

        We do draw Duchscherer against the A’s, so that’ll be tough, especially for an anemic offense….speaking of which, if they can’t beat Blanton & Greg Smith…..I don’t think Barry Bonds or George Herman Lou DifuckingMaggio McMantle is gonna help.

        Maybe it’ll help Bobby to see Nick Blackburn A-OK after taking one in the teeth

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Good news… Blanton is going to Philly. Not that we were going to face him anyway…

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Cha Seung Baek is on the Padres now.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Sorry, my bad. The M’s have an empty rotation spot with Bedard on the DL, and I was looking through other guys who’ve started for them trying to guess who they’d give the start to… I overlooked that.

  • scott

    richie sexson is just morgan ensberg on stilts.

  • Steve

    Take a look at Sexon’s road stats. 8 hr’s in 123 ab’s. 875 ops. Maybe just needs a change of scenery, and certainly worth a shot. They can’t hit much worse, right?

    • mustang

      “Maybe just needs a change of scenery,.. ”
      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Old Ranger

      Two players we had very good luck with were Justice and Abreu. When they came to the Yanks they did very good, before that…not so good. Maybe history will repeat itself with Sexon. 27/08??

  • Steve

    I supported the signing, and still think its a good idea. So that being said, now let me throw a little cold water on it.

    Everyone’s touting his #s against lefties this year. .344 batting average. Two problems with that

    1-Too small of a sample size this year. 71 ABs is approximately 14 games.

    2-Larger sample size (Career #s vs lefties) suggest he’s actually a .265 hitter against left handers.

    If you agree that numbers generally ‘regress toward the mean’ or put more simply ‘find their level’ then he could have a TON of outs in that bat for the rest of this season. He may be someone who starts out the season hitting lefties well and falls down as the year progresses, which would explain his high average now and could mean he will do nothing the rest of the year.

  • Steve

    Oh, and notice who broke this story? The same guy who was way ahead of everyone else on where the yanks stood on the Santana deal, the Torre firing, The Girardi hiring, and pretty much everything important the Yanks have been up to for years.

    Buster Onley is by FAR the best source for Yankee news anywhere. When he prints something, its generally correct.

    • mustang

      Your man just struck again Buster Onley’s reports Phillies have acquired Joe Blanton for minor leaguers Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman, and Matthew Spencer.

      And all is quite in Yankee land.

      • mustang

        I’m sorry we did get Sexson.
        LOL

        • Cult of Basebaal

          why in god’s name would we want to give up anything for joe blanton?

          • Steve

            Blanton is an innings eater, which is a good way of saying he does nothing above average, except stay healthy…..no thanks.

          • mustang

            I never said I wanted Blanton i just hope the Yanks get the help they need.

      • mustang

        Phillies gave up their #2 and #4 prospects according to the holy Baseball America. That seems like a lot for Blanton.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Their 2 and 4 prospects weren’t that good. The Phils have a terrible farm system.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Even with their farm system sucking ass, Cardenas alone should be better than Blanton within 2 years, and he’s cheaper and cost controlled longer. So, if they gat ANYTHING from Outman or Spencer, it’s gravy.

  • TheLastClown

    Who now will pitch for Oakland tomorrow?

    • B

      According to Yankees.com it will be Greg Smith

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    If this is seen as a replacement move for Duncan it’s an obvious upgrade. That said, Posada now has to catch more since 1st base is no longer an option. Cashman reminds me of those guys at the beach with the sand sifters, Milton, Zambrano, Ponson, Sexson not a great deal to get excited about.

    There was a discussion above about Bonds, this move would seem to make a Bonds pick up highly unlikely. DH would be his only position which means every time Sexson plays Giambi would be riding the bench. DH would no longer be an option for Posada. The Yankees could carry no more than 12 pitchers.

    I’m starting to like the Sexson move more and more.