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 the Yanks done dealing for position players? While Johnny Damon‘s injured shoulder appears to be on the mend, the future is far murkier for Matsui. With Giambi at first against right-handed starters, one could argue that the team could still use another potent left-handed bat on the bench. Native New Yorker Raul Ibanez is a guy who would look great in the Yankee lineup, however, when Damon returns, there may not be enough at-bats to go around.
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