Friday, July 11, 2008

Digging through the Scrapheap

Antiques RoadshowHave you ever seen Antiques Roadshow? You know, people bring in old, dusty crap they just found in their attics and find out what it’s worth.

In 2002, a Navajo blanked was valued up to $500,000. Score.

Sidney PonsonWell Brian Cashman must be a fan. Like an overeager garage sale shopper, the Yankees GM has been scooping up other team’s trash.

Sidney Ponson? He’s on board. Eric Milton? We got him too. Richie Sexson? Could be next.

Could one of these castoff, bargain basement signees prove to be a Navajo blanket? I don’t know but it’s worth the risk.

Ponson has already been somewhat of a success. In three starts, he has two strong starts. He hasn’t assaulted any judges. He’s yet to be caught drinking and driving. Victory.

Eric MiltonMilton inked a minor-league deal today and Yankee fans are super-psyched about the lefthander’s triumphant return to pinstripes. Nevermind that he’s coming back from Tommy John surgery. Nevermind that a healthy Milton surrendered 116 homers over the last four seasons. This is a can’t miss move.

Now many people are speculating that the Cashman’s next move will be adding recently-released first baseman Richie Sexson. In 74 games this season, the 33-year-old Sexon hit .218 with 11 homers and 30 RBI. Sweet, a light-hitting DH type.

Now sarcasm aside, I’m happy with all three of these moves. Not because I think Ponson and Milton are going to carry us through October. And not because I think Richie Sexson the same slugger that ripped 45 homers twice while in Milwaukee.

Richie SexsonRather it’s because these are no-risk signings. What’s the worst that can happen? Ponson could get arrested. Milton’s arm could disintegrate. Sexson could continue his regression and post a sub-Mario Mendoza mark.

Big deal; we’ll get to see more Justin Christian, Chad Moeller, and Dan Giese. Maybe Cashman will bring in El Guapo.

These guys could also be busts. But who knows? Come on Navajo blanket!


Emily said...

It's good to have you back. Long live El Guapo!

David said...

SO you don't have aa issue picking up the problem children and over the hill gang types? But then NY never was a place to nurture youth (read patience).....