Fat Pussy Toad Redux: Ponson to the Yanks

Beachcoming justices beware: The Yankees have picked up the erstwhile Baltimore ace Sidney Ponson to fill their fifth starting slot, at least for the moment. Ponson had been DFA’ed by the Cards, so the move costs the Yanks basically peanuts (a pro-rated portion of a tiny salary, no prospects), which is probably what Ponson, who has a drunken driving record that would embarrasss Billy Martin, is worth. Still, there is—was?—potential in that arm, so as a stopgap, low-cost flyer of a move, it’s hard not to consider then signing a reasonable one, whatever happens. Cash, clearly, hopes Ponson will be this year’s Chacon/Small. Anyway, we’ll see what we got Tuesday night, and go from there.

Meanwhile, the prospect of an outfielder coming to the Bronx (from Philly? from DC?) seems to be gaining momentum, at least in the press and in the comments on this site. Will it be Abreu? Will the Sox pick Whoopi in the center square to block? With the acquisition of Austin Kearns by the Nats, will they be dealing back Soriano? Jose Guillen? (Yikes—Guillen and Ponson! Wouldn’t that be a fun tandem of pickups!) Not much for us to do but speculate. And tonight, finally, get back to baseball. In Chicago. The Unit vs. Contreras. Should be a douzy.

5 comments… add one
  • Still, there is—was?—potential in that arm, so as a stopgap, low-cost flyer of a move, it’s hard not to consider then signing a reasonable one
    We can certainly be more discriminating at this site than this comment from YF. From the sound of this comment, it sounds like anybody Cash picked up could have been called “reasonable”, since what is being called “reasonable” is the claiming off of waivers of a proven scumbag who hasn’t had a good year in many (or even a mediocre one, at that) and who got cut by a NL team with a solid defense behind him. What wouldn’t have been reasonable then, by YF’s standards? Exhuming and reanimating Lefty Gomez?
    I would think that no matter our allegiances, just because Theo and/or Cash pick up a player who once had “potential” doesn’t necessarily make the move “reasonable”. It’s low-risk financially, but is it low-risk baseball-wise? Throwing shit at a wall doesn’t make a move “reasonable”, in my opinion. The Jason Johnson pickup, which cost the Sox very little, was pretty terrible, even though Johnson was also once a reasonable major leaguer. Surely YF has better critical bones in his repertoire than this.

    SF July 14, 2006, 12:36 pm
  • I actually think the Jason Johnson signing was a worthwhile risk in that he’s a groundball pitcher who was hurt a lot by the Indians’ surprisingly poor infield play this year. The Ponson signing doesn’t have even that surface justification. The only thing I can think is that Yankees scouts think he can be fixed. Otherwise, why do this?

    Nick-YF July 14, 2006, 12:54 pm
  • I’m not a fan of this signing at all. As far as “tool” players go, Ponson is a triple threat:
    He has the emotional and mental fortitude of a 14 year old.
    He is physically in terrible shape.
    He hasn’t been able to pitch remotely effectively in a few years.
    I feel this is a case where the Yankees are picking up a player that a few years back had a great deal of success against the Yankees.
    Of course, I don’t know what the laternative is: Chacon has been terrible this season and Scott Erickson has gone on to try out for America’s Next Top model.

    walein July 14, 2006, 12:54 pm
  • SF: The crux of your question is, “is it low risk, baseball wise.” The answer, obviously, is yes. He may not be the answer. He PROBABLY won’t be the answer. But it basically costs nothing to find out, there is some minimal possibility it will work, and the alternatives (Chacon, someone from AAA, Philip Hughes–it’s really too early for him) are either no better, or aren’t going anywhere. So I don’t really understand the giant consternation about this. Everyone’s jumping on the fact that the guy is a “bad seed,” and he certainly has earned that rep, but we can hardly know whether he’s straightened out or not. It’s easy to judge. But I’m guessing he gets the standard Torre treatment: behave here, and your past is behind you. Ruben Sierra turned around.
    Anyway, it’s not like they went and dumped a big boatload of cash or some prize prospect to get the guy. I really don’t understand the big to-do.

    YF July 14, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • PS: Looks like Theo contacted Ponson as well, so Cash wasn’t the only one looking to make this supposedly unreasonable acquisition. Theo and Cash both wrong? It wouldn’t be the first time (Pavano!). But don’t be so quick to dismiss it.

    YF July 15, 2006, 12:32 pm

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