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What's the market for Manny?

Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:38 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:24 am
 
Hot Stove There's a 12-time All-Star on the market, a career .313 hitter with 555 home runs. And yet when people talk about the big names in this winter's free-agent crop, Manny Ramirez's name doesn't even come up.

As Bill Shaikin discusses in the Los Angeles Times, Ramirez, 38, has gone from front-line star to afterthought after a 2009 drug suspension and a 2010 season that saw him limited to 90 games thanks to three trips to the disabled list. He was claimed off waivers by the White Sox in August and played 24 games for Chicago, batting .261 with one homer and two RBI.

Now the guy who two years ago was worth a two-year, $45 million deal finds himself wondering where there's a market for him.

Manny Ramirez
"It's just like Vlad Guerrero," Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, told the Times. "His last Angels season, where he had an injury season and he had 50 RBIs, was not a customary Vlad Guerrero season. He went to Texas and reestablished himself.

"This is really the course for great veteran hitters. We've seen, following an injury season, a player goes out and performs at optimum levels, because these players are still uniquely skilled. They're still great hitters."

It appears Ramirez is done as an outfielder, at least on any regular basis. There are 14 DH spots available, and many of the prominent ones are filled. Guerrero is a free agent again, as are Jim Thome, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui. The Times figures the market for Ramirez could be down to the Tigers, Rays, Blue Jays and maybe the Orioles. And Ramirez will probably have to accept a one-year deal with incentives and prove he's still an impact player.

Boras is hopeful, and armed with his usual supply of Boras-speak.

"I think Manny Ramirez is a Hall of Fame hitter," he said. "Teams look at that ability and, if they adjudicate that ability is still intact, they're going to be seeking those extraordinary talents before they proceed elsewhere."

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:57 am
 

What's the market for Manny?

That being said, Vlad would also be a great fit, he was beloved here by all the Expo fans, who will undoubtedly show up to the Jays games wearing there 'spos gear.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:51 am
 

What's the market for Manny?

As a Jay fan I think that adding Manny would be a great idea.  If he signed a one year contract that was incentive laden it would be good for the Jays and him, he can re-establish himself as the hall of fam hitter he is.  Adam Lind can concentrate on playing 1B, which he needs to do, and not worry about being put back to the DH spot.  Obviously, the Manny being Manny thing might occur again, which I think with Bautista and especially the equally brazen Yunel Escobar, Manny might really enjooy his time in Toronto.  We have the nightlife I'm sure he craves, and I think it would be a perfec situation for Manny.  I havent even mentioned his numbers at the Rogers Centre, he absoulutely rakes there, not to mention the high profile of going against the Yanks, Sox, and Rays, which I'm sue attention starved Manny would love.  I say if I'm AA, and the price is right (not like the Frank Thomas situation)  I make this happen, would be a great addition to our lineup.


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Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:43 am
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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:49 am
 

What's the market for Manny?

Yea i'd be tired of Manny too if i got swept in the 2004 world series.... St.Louis is a joke!!!!

I doubt very much it's the results of a World Series from 6 years ago that a Cards fan is tired of Manny.
I would venture his reason for being tired of Manny is the same as the rest of MLB fans reason--- the same old act Manny puts on every year. "Manny being Manny". Carrying a water bottle out to the outfield. Walking down to first base on a hit. Dropping his bat and watching his home run ball all the way to the wall for a single that should have been a double that he thought was out of the park. Those type of "ME ME ME" plays.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:44 am
 

What's the market for Manny?

"This is really the course for great veteran hitters. We've seen, following an injury season, a player goes out and performs at optimum levels, because these players are still uniquely skilled. They're still great hitters."

What a sell job by Boras. Does anyone take that guy seriously anymore?



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 6:28 pm
 

What's the market for Manny?

Uh, Mr. Boras there is a big difenence between Manny and Vlad.  I would gladly welcome Guererro into my clubhouse.  I would hire extra security to keep Manny away even if he offered to play for free!!!  He has burnt every bridge he has ever crossed and hopefully enough that he hasn't so we won't have to here about his latest Manny being Manny episode again.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:20 pm
 

What's the market for Manny?

Yea i'd be tired of Manny too if i got swept in the 2004 world series.... St.Louis is a joke!!!!



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:07 pm
 

What's the market for Manny?

Toronto doesn't need another Frank Thomas situation. What they need is some guys to get on to base - they have plenty of home run power.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:12 pm
 

What's the market for Manny?

Toronto is the perfect fit for Manny........



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:00 pm
 

What's the market for Manny?

time for him to go the way of barry bonds and fade away..... been tired of manny for about a decade now


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