Thursday, July 17, 2008

Richie Sexson Is Not The Answer

In the post below this, Charlie applauded the Yankees signing of Richie Sexson. While it's true that he may help out against lefties, he probably won't do too much. I'm not really against the signing, but at best Sexson will add about half a win. Maybe. The Yankees are averaging 4.59 runs per game, good for 15th in the majors, and 8th in the AL. This middle of the road performance is far from what was expected, and it can't continue if the Yankees want to make the playoffs. Obviously there is room for improvement. Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera are all having sub-par seasons and could theoretically improve. There has been a lot of speculation about trading for Ichiro, Matt Holliday, Xavier Nady, etc. These are all solid options, but there is one player who could be had for a lot less in terms of money and prospects: Barry Lamar Bonds. True, he hasn't played baseball in a while, but he wants a contract, so he has been staying in shape. Give him two weeks in the minors and he should be ready. After all, he's one of the best hitters ever. He had a 1.045 OPS last year. It's safe to say he will regress from that mark, maybe by a lot, but would .850 be a safe estimate, wouldn't it? That's basically Matsui, so there you go, Bonds is the replacement, and he doesn't cost Phil Hughes or Austin Jackson. If Bonds doesn't produce, he can be cut easily, since he will be making the pro-rated minimum.

8 comments:

Mike said...

I'm for BOTH. Got Sexson, go get Barry.

BUT, sooner or later, they are going to go get a starting pitcher.

Charlie said...

In my post I am not saying that this is a season changing move and turn the Yankees season around. I am saying that this is a low risk signee that has been successful against lefty pitching while the Yankees as a team have been dismal.

Nate I also completely agree that the signing of Barry Bonds would be much better for the team as a whole but the Yankees are too stubborn and afraid of the criticism to go out there and get him. Sexson is second best that is available without trading.

Nate said...

I'm actually not sure they'll get a starter. I'm not saying they don't need one, but it seems to me that Cashman wants to go with internal options until Wang comes back. I'm not ready to give up on Kennedy yet, and I think Dan McCutchen will get a shot, maybe Alan Horne too if he can stay healthy.

Anonymous said...

Barry Bonds--you have got to be kidding. I don't want him taking a piss in Yankee stadium, never mind playing for the Yankees. That would be the worse thing ever!!!!!

Charlie said...

Is the reason because he could improve the Yankees and is one of the greatest players in baseball. Dont get me wrong i hate the guy but if he could improve your team greatly at a low cost you wouldnt do it?

Nate said...

Everybody knows Barry Bonds is a jackass, but you know who else is a jackass? Alex Rodriguez. Should we kick him off the team? The steroids thing doesn't bother me as much as it used to, because everybody was doing it, Bonds was just the best. Its true that it would be a media circus, but it already is, with the ARod/Madonna thing. Just think how scary this lineup is:
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Bonds DH
ARod 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Abreu RF
Cano 2B
Melky/Gardner CF
Sexson plays 1B vs. lefties, with either Bonds or Giambi sitting.

Charlie said...

Agreed

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