Despite not having a decent season since 2003, the Phils may sign ex-Oriole Sir Sidney Ponson to a minor league contract. Sir Sid, knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2003, has been absolutely atrocious since signing a FA deal with Baltimore in 2004. However, I'm all for this signing for a few reason. One, it's a minor league deal, so the cost and risk is essentially nothing. Two, he's a knight and Aruban, neither of which are represented by the diversity-lacking Phillies. Three, he's a bad boy. From Wikipedia: "On December 25, 2004, Ponson was arrested in Aruba and charged with assaulting an Aruban judge following an incident about a complaint of Ponson's handling of his powerboat. He spent 11 days in jail, but the charges were dropped after he reached a settlement that included restitution, community service and contributions to local charities on the island. In January 2005, he was charged with driving under the influence in Broward County, Florida. On August 25, 2005, Ponson was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while impaired on southbound Interstate 95 near downtown Baltimore, Maryland."
I'm not for drinking and driving at all, but I am all for putting the smack down on anybody that interferes with your powerboating. I'm also down with blondes and Cristal. The Phillies can always use that sort of attitude on the club.
OF Option - The Monday Poll
On the heals of Geoff Jenkins, another name has surfaced to fill the outfield vacancy: Mike Cameron. The ex-White Sox/Mariners/Mets/Padres outfielder almost had a two year deal signed with SD, but when an agreement could not be reached the Padres traded for Jim Edmonds, leaving Cameron free sign elsewhere.
Cameron is a fine centerfielder, who hits around .250 with 20+ HR power and lots of strikeouts. The question is: who should the Phillies go after more aggressively, Jenkins or Cameron? Let's compare the options.
Offense: Both players have hit in the .250-.270 range recently, trending downward, with Jenkins having a higher lifetime average. Both players also hit for 20+ homerun power, get on base and slug at similar clips, and strikeout a considerable amount. Cameron separates himself from Jenkins offensively with his speed and ability to steal 20 bases. The obvious difference is the side of the plate they bat on. Cameron would give another RH bat to mix in between Utley and Howard if needed.
Defense: No contest. Cameron is a Gold Glove caliber outfielder and takes this category hands down.
Business: Whatever the exact price, Cameron will need more years and more dollars than Jenkins.
Drugs - Cameron will miss the first 25 games of next season for repeated violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He loves the greenies.
Lineup: Burrell-Cameron-Victorino versus Burrell-Victorino-Jenkins/Werth.