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Yankees sign first baseman Richie Sexson07/18/2008 2:50 PM ET
The New York Yankees announced today they have signed first baseman Richie Sexson to a Major League contract.
Sexson, 33, owns a .261 career batting average with 746 runs, 259 doubles, 305 home runs, 937 RBI, a .344 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging percentage. He has appeared in 1,345 combined games over 12 seasons with Cleveland (1997-2000), Milwaukee (2000-03), Arizona (2004) and Seattle (2005-08), earning All-Star honors with the Brewers in 2002 and 2003. He was also tabbed as the Mariners' "Most Valuable Player" in 2005 by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His 305 homers place him 17th among active players, and he has recorded at least 20HR eight times in his career.
Originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, Sexson began the 2008 season with the Mariners, batting .218 (55-for-252) with eight doubles, 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 74 games before being released on July 10. The 6-foot, 8-inch right-handed batter owns a .265 career average (299-for-1,129) against left-handed pitching with 68 home runs, including a .344 (21-for-61) mark with five home runs in 2008.
Since rejoining the American League with Seattle in 2005, Sexson ranks seventh among American Leaguers in home runs (105), 12th in walks (241) and is tied for 13th in RBI (321). He hit his 300th home run on May 1, 2008, at Cleveland, becoming the 116th Major Leaguer since 1900 to reach the plateau. In 2003 with the Brewers, Sexson was the first Major Leaguer to play every inning of every game in a 162-game schedule since Baltimore's Cal Ripken, Jr. accomplished the feat in 1986. His .994 career fielding percentage at first base ranks seventh among all active first basemen.
The Yankees will make a corresponding roster move prior to tonight's game vs. Oakland.
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