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Friday, July 18th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Maybe Brian Cashman reads Hot Stove, but probably not. Either way he must have figured my idea that the Yankees go out and sign Richie Sexson was a good low risk, high reward situation.
Sexson does add a decent bat against left handed pitching, which the Yankees sorely needed, but don’t get over excited. Sexson is not the answer to the Yankees offensive problems. Sure he’ll help in certain situations, but he is certainly no difference maker.
Yes, Sexson hits lefties and maybe a change of scenery will do him some good – he had a .523 OPS in Seattle and a .875 OPS on the road – but he’s still the same player who hit .205 a year ago. So expecting him to do much better than being part of a strong platoon is a little foolish.
Hideki Matsui is still sidelined and depending on how his visit to the doctor goes today he will be out a long time or a very long …

Yankees Rumors & News

According to multiple reports, the Yankees have reached a “tentative agreement” (whatever that means) with slugger Richie Sexson, whose acquisition Rob Abruzzese was pleading for just last week.

The righty Sexson brings along a .344 average with five homers in 61 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season. The Yanks, who have been overloaded with lefties since trading away Gary Sheffield a year and a half ago, were in desperate need of a righty stick. The need to add another bat was exacerbated this week with the news that Hideki Matsui could be headed for knee surgery.

Defensively, Sexson is an upgrade over Jason Giambi at first base and could start there against lefties, possibly as soon as tonight when the Yankees take on A’s starter Greg Smith.

It’s a low risk move for the Yankees, who will be paying the slugger roughly $160,000 for his services and can easily release him if he disappoints in pinstripes. The question now becomes, are …

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