Thursday, July 17, 2008

Yanks Reach Agreement With Richie Sexson

It's being reported that the Yankees have reached a tentative agreement with recently released slugger Richie Sexson. While I'm not a big Sexson fan, the move makes sense. The Yanks are desperate for a right handed bat with some pop and they get that with Sexson. Sexson is having a good year against LHPs - .344 AVG/.423 OBP/.623 SLG. For his career, Sexson is .265/.369/.510. The Yanks have a league leading 1031 ABs against LHPs this year. Collectively, they're hitting .257 (9th best in AL), with a .338 OBP (4th best in AL), and a slugging percentage of .394 (9th best in AL).

Sexson's bat will only improve the Yanks lineup when they go up against LHPs. He's definitely a better option than Wilson Betemit or Shelley Duncan. This is another low risk, high reward signing by Brian Cashman. The Yanks are looking at a price tag of about $161,000 as Seattle is picking up the rest. Chump change if you think about it.

The real question is what will John Sterling come up with when Sexson goes deep for the 1st time? "It is high. It is far. It is gone. Richie Sexson. Getting sexy with it." Or better yet, Sterling will channel his inner Borat and exclaim, "It is high. It is far. It is gone. Richie Sexson. Sexson time. It's niiice." Now that would be a call I could get behind.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



Anonymous Yankee said...

I'm surprised the Yanks are throwing him in the lineup already.

It's a baptism of fire at Yankee Stadium but it would be awesome to see him do well.