By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the Seattle Mariners finally cut ties with one of the biggest free agent busts in history, Richie Sexson. Yesterday the M’s released the gigantic disappointment, all but ensuring they’ll have to eat the remaining $6.1 million of the four-year $50 million deal he signed in December, 2004.
Obviously, Sexson’s time in Seattle was awful. He never lived up to his contract or the franchise’s expectations. But how big of a waste was his contract? We decided to round up all of Sexson’s stats since he joined the Mariners and figure out what Seattle got for their money. All of these results are based on the aforementioned $50 million deal and are rounded to the nearest dollar amount.
First, a few general stats: While in Seattle, Sexson hit just .244, had an on base percentage of .334 and slugged .474.
Now, onto the numbers relating to his entire tenure in Seattle.
Sexson played 509 games in four years with the Mariners. He made $98,232 per game.
He finished with 1,835 at bats. He made $27,248 per at bat.
He had 447 hits. Each hit cost the Mariners $111,857.
Sexson smacked just 105 home runs. Each round-tripper paid him $476,190.
He totaled just 321 RBIs. Each one cost Seattle $155,763.
Sexson notched just 211 extra base hits. For each one he earned $236,967.
He also racked up 497 strikeouts (second only to Grady Sizemore in the AL over the same period of time). For each K, Richie made $100,604.
Now lets take a look at just 2008. Keep in mind, Sexson is slated to make $14 million this year.
Sexson found his way into 74 games this year. Just for showing up and being in the lineup he got $189,189 per game.
He managed to scrape out 55 hits. He earned $254,545 per hit.
His 11 home runs made him $1,272,727 apiece. Yes, $1.27 million each.
Each of his 30 RBIs made him $466,667.
Oh, and his 76 strikeouts each made him a paltry $184,211.
So while you might feel some sympathy for Mr. Sexson because the fans and organization in Seattle have basically made him the scapegoat for all of the team’s problems, you really shouldn’t feel bad. Something tells me he’ll be just fine.