It now sounds like the Yankees will have Richie Sexson on the roster tomorrow or by Saturday at the latest.
This is story is developing more, details to come.
UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Now ESPN.com is reporting that a tentative deal is done. No official word from the Yankees as of yet.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Same report from WFAN.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: The Yankees would owe Sexson only the prorated minimum, approximately $161,000. The rest of his contract – about $6 million – would be paid by Seattle. … Meanwhile, there is apparently some bogus report out there regarding Barry Bonds. It’s not true.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: This is a low risk/potentially high reward move. Sexson has hit left-handed pitching to the tune of .344/.423/.623 and is in the final year of his contract. Would you rather see him against LHPs or Wilson Betemit (.235/.257/.412)? With Hideki Matsui likely lost for the season, this makes sense.
The roster move is easy. You can option down Justin Christian or Billy Traber or DFA Chad Moeller.