Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Good God No! He's Back.

So the Yankees signed Sir Sidney Ponson to a minor league deal today after the Rangers cut him.

The Rangers are a bad ballclub, and pitching-starved, and they cut a guy who posted an ERA+ of 107 (3.88 ERA) and is 4-1. Of course there's got to be a reason right? Right:
General manager Jon Daniels has said Ponson was dumped "for disrespecting teammates and club personnel... We’re trying to put together a team of 25 guys pulling together. Based on some recent comments, he did not want to be a part of that, and that’s something we’re not going to tolerate. We want guys who want to be here and want to pull for the team, and not guys who are here for their own self-interests."

Keep in mind this is the team that currently employs Milton Fucking Bradley, whose games include getting injured constantly, fighting with managers on Opening Day, attacking broadcasters who make unflattering comments about him requiring coaches to restrain him, and beating his pregnant wife. Bradley: still employed by the Rangers.

One has to wonder what it took to get released by this team. I do not want to see him in pinstripes again. While hsi small sample size in Texas so far was good, as a Yankee in 2006 he was 0-1 with a 10.47 ERA and a 43(!) OPS+. He hasn't posted a 100 (avergae) OPS+ since 2003, and posted a stellar 63 last year.

Hopefully he's just there to hold a AAA roster spot so the Yankees don't have to rush anyone else.


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