In an interview with the East Valley Tribune, Richie Sexson talks about his contract desires.
“I have so much confidence in my shoulder right now, itâ€™s hard for me to sign a deal like that,” Sexson said. “Say I take a deal of that nature and sprain my ankle . . .”
Reports of a three-year, $30 million offer by Arizona are not accurate, Sexson said, because not all of the deal is guaranteed. According to sources, Sexson would get the maximum value in the contract by reaching a threshold of about 120 games played in either 2005 or 2006.
In 2001-03 with Milwaukee, Sexson played in 477 of a possible 486 games, so he believes his durability should not be an issue.
“Thereâ€™s always a way to work around everything,” he said. “(But) itâ€™s tough for me to sign an incentive-laden contract after all the (rehabilitation) time I put in.”
The D-Backs say their medical team estimates a 10 percent chance his shoulder injury â€” suffered on a checked swing and aggravated on another before surgery â€” could recur.
“I think everybodyâ€™s 10 percent,” Sexson said. “Youâ€™re 10 percent. You might bump into a door and it might come out. You canâ€™t put 100 percent on everybodyâ€™s shoulder.”
Honestly, these quotes annoy me. Sexson is not like any other player on the market. He finished the season the DL and has not played an inning of baseball since tearing his labrum. For a team to believe he’s completely healthy, they have one option; believe the self-serving comments of him and his agent. Considering his shoulder is completely uninsurable, that’s not exactly a good foundation to be making a multi-million dollar guarantee on.
Sexson is damaged goods, and he’s going to be treated as such in the free market. His options, really, are to take a 1 year deal and prove that he’s fully healthy, then cash in next offseason, or take a longer deal at a below market rate with contingency plans for the club in case the shoulder isn’t healthy.
If Sexson and his agent demand a fully guaranteed second and third years of the contract, walk away. He’s just not worth the risk.