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The pitching challenged Texas Rangers designated Sidney Ponson for assignment this afternoon. Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that the move was due to several off the field problems that have arisen over the past few weeks. According to MLB.com:
“Based on recent events, I don’t think Sidney wants to be here or deserves to be here,” Daniels said.
This season Ponson is 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA. So whatever he did must have been pretty bad. Ponson was signed by the Rangers on March 9, 2008 to a one year minor league contract. The contract was purchased by the Rangers on April 26th.
Ponson has had off the field problems before. In 2005 he was arrested for punching a local judge in his native Aruba. He’s bounced around to several organizations since his last truly successful season in 2003. And he definitely doesn’t appear to be a physical fitness addict. He’s listed at 6’1″ 225 lbs. but that may be a generous scale.
Despite Ponson’s problems he may be worth a look for the Mets. He’s been successful through the first two months of the season in the American League in a hitter’s park in Arlington. He’s made nine starts this season and only two have been bad.
The Mets could use some more insurance for Pedro Martinez (health), Oliver Perez (performance), and Mike Pelfrey (performance). Their starting rotation is a very delicate balance right now. The Mets pride themselves on having good citizens in the clubhouse that could keep Ponson on the right path. It’s worth a look. The Rangers have ten days to trade him or put him on release waivers.