Richie Sexson, hitting .218 with 11 HR and 30 RBI this season, was released Thursday by the Seattle Mariners. The 33-year-old first baseman/outfielder has had many issues this season, and beyond his offensive performance. He has brawled, been outspoken and generally a nuisance in the Seattle clubhouse.
But could he fit with the Phillies?
I harken back to Charlie Manuel’s quote about a bat:
“Yeah, I think we could use a bat. We could use a good bat. You’ve got to remember, good bats are competition. That can’t do anything but make you better.”
And I also remember Manuel told Comcast SportsNet he wants a “professional hitter,” a guy with some pop who can hit singles, too. Well, Sexson may not represent that kind of hitter, but he could be the right-handed bat the Phils are looking for off the bench. He’s worth $14M this season, but the Phils wouldn’t have to pay all that (just a portion, likely).