Youre Kidding Me. The Orioles Want Richie Sexson?

Been out all night, but I nearly fell out of the chair when I read this from the Sun’s Peter Schmuck.

Ok. This guy, I will admit has had a solid major league career; however, his best years might be behind him. He was horrible in 2008, and at this point — he’s simply a low salary, high reward guy who you hope has something left in the tank.

From the Sun: The Orioles still are trying to figure out what they’ll do at first base this coming season, and they’ve given some consideration to attempting a salvage operation with former 45-homer guy Richie Sexson. Club officials apparently have had at least one conversation with Sexson’s agent, Casey Close, though the depth of their interest is uncertain.

Sexson’s offensive numbers have been in steep decline for the past couple of years, but he might be a worthwhile gamble if he’s willing to take an incentive-laden contract. He turned 34 yesterday, so he would definitely be a temporary fix, but he has hit 30 or more homers six times in his career and hit 45 homers in 2001 and 2003. He split a very disappointing 2008 season between the Seattle Mariners and the Yankees.

The only thing with Sexson — assuming he gets signed — is that after umpteen losing seasons, can we get a younger body in here? If Sexson can pull off a miraculous comeback like Huff did last season, the Orioles will get a bargain, give Markakis and Huff protection and he may be able to position himself for another contract.

Despite the potential positives, I feel the same way about the tall slugger joining the team as I do Hendrickson — lukewarm.