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Rays adding Manny and Damon

Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:26 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 10:28 pm
Manny Ramirez The Rays have shored up their designated hitter spot in a big way on Friday -- not only signing Johnny Damon as expected, but also Manny Ramirez, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweets . senior writer Danny Knobler reported earlier the Rays were close to signing Damon, 37. Damon hit .271/.355/.401 for the Tigers in 2010, but managed just eight home runs.

Ramirez hit .298/.408/.460 with the Dodgers and White Sox last season with nine homers, appearing in just 90 games.

With Ramirez in the fold, Damon will likely have to man the outfield some for the Rays and can also serve as a babysitter for his former Red Sox teammate.

UPDATE: Damon will get $5.25 million from the Rays, plus $750,000 in attendance bonuses. Ramirez will earn $2 million, Heyman tweets .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:47 pm

Desperate Rays adding Manny and Damon

Smells like a Desperation move, Looks like a Desperation move, Walks like a Desperation Move....It must be a DUCK!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:55 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

So, Andres Torres gets a larger contract from the Giants than Manny gets from the Rays. Imagine that!  How long before Manny wears out his welcome in Tampa-St.Pete?  I bet he's gone by June 1.

The Manny signing is similar to the Gary Sheffield signing for the Mets a couple years ago.  People thought Sheffield would ruin the clubhouse but, surprisingly, he didn't.  For the Rays, it's a low risk-high reward scenario.  You pay the guy peanuts and he could be extremely productive.  Once again, that's only if he decides he wants to play.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:10 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

So, Andres Torres gets a larger contract from the Giants than Manny gets from the Rays. Imagine that!  How long before Manny wears out his welcome in Tampa-St.Pete?  I bet he's gone by June 1.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:29 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

This smells like a "one more shot" kinda thing.  I suspect if this doesn't work this year (which it won't) we will see a Florida like fire sale, and start from scratch.  It may end up to be one of the better teams in recent times to come up with nothing.  I think that is kind of sad, I like to see the little guys get a piece of the pie now and than.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:03 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Attendance bonus?  Is that suppose to be a joke?   Seriously .. i mean they couldn't pack the place when they made the World Series ... too funny.   That said, I think both are good signings for the $$$$ .... especially seein as they're only 1 year deals.   The Rays lost a lot of offense this off-season, these signings will make some of that back up.   All is not lost for the Rays ... but ohhhh that bullpen really took a hit, and trading Garza who played well against the AL East is gonna hurt bigtime.  

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 1:37 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Mikewilkie89, I agree the rays have 5 very good starting pitchers, but with no pen or closer, they're going to lose a lot of games in the 7th-9th innings, pretty essential fact to leave out. Losing their leadoff batter Crawford (possibly the best leadoff hitter in the game) instantly kills their speed game and Longoria is going to get walked most of the time due to: 1) w/ no protection in the lineup (Manny does not count -he is not a realistic power threat anymore) and 2) the rays not having an effective leadoff batter who can get on base and steal a ton of bases like crawford. The rays WILL probably be irrelevant in 2011, they are clearly re-building towards the future, and even though I really wanted them to challenge the sox and the yanks like they had been doing the past 2 years, lets just call it was it clearly is, a re-building year for the Rays. Also, starting your paragraph by calling people morons is not a great way to make a case for your argument mikewilkie89.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2011 1:07 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

I love how most of you morons can't get your mind out of the gutter and are blasting this signing of Manny and Johnny Damon, when (1) You get Manny for $2 million (nearly a 800% decrease from his last contract), so regardless of whether he produces as a DH, and I believe the guy can still hit 20+ HRs and drive in 80+ RBIs, if he stays healthy, and if he doesn't you're only investing a small amount of money. (2) Damon, who they gave almost $6 million to (don't ask me how they got Manny to put his ego away and take a 1/3 less then his buddy Johnny) is going to do what he's always done, even at 37) and that's hit 8-12 HRs, drive in 50-60 RBIs hit .280 and be a nice left handed bat in the 2 slot in front of Longoria, with Manny likely protecting Longoria on the backside in the 4 slot.
(3) Now for the economics of these deals...Clearly management feels like that all of the prospects they just traded for and are going to gain in this year's amateur draft (12 picks in the first two rounds, which they'll need $ to sign all of them) need at least another year to develop and by going the way of the veteran near the end of his career, not only can they add a little pop to the offense this year and continue to be competitive, but you might get lucky and get a Vlad-like year out of Manny by switching him to a full-time DH. Bottomline here is that for some reason everyone thinks that the Rays are going to be irrelevant in 2011, but anytime you have 5 starters (Price, Niemann, Shields Davis, Hellickson) who on most teams would be in the top two of anyone else's rotation, you're going to win more games then you'll lose. So, while it's not going to the pillaging, steal everything that's not nailed down Rays of the past, Joe Maddon is a heck of a manager, regardless of what you think of his style and they'll compete, which is all management can afford to do. 
As far as the clubhouse is concerned, everybody in baseball realizes that is Longoria and Price's clubhouse, Damon is there to help curtail any blowups by Manny, and Maddon isn't going to put up with shit from a guy making $2 million. He'd much rather waive him rather than deal with a diva who's making less than Ben Zobrist.  

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:50 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

If Damon & Manny weren't so old, I'd be very worried

Since: Jan 22, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:42 am


First of all, I can't begin to tell you how bad I feel for friends of mine who live in Tampa and are Rays fans.  With that said, I find it equally amazing that the Tampa Bay Rays organization (who put together a great team only to let it slip away because they are too damn cheap) is STUPID ENOUGH to sign a bum like Manny Ramirez.  Damon will be a solid DH and good addition to the clubhouse, but Manny? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did they NOT watch him dog it on the field for the past 15 plus years?  Did they not know he has been a completely disruptive force in every clubhouse he has ever been in?  Did they not examine his history from which he can't put together a season without being on the DL with some lame injury?  Did they not review his injury history especiallly when he broke his hand by sliding hands first into a base, then in his first game back to the Red Sox after returning after taking an EXHORBANANTLY amount of time in AAA on his rehab assignment watch him slide HANDS FIRST into a base AGAIN!  Did they not know that Manny is about as intelligent as an ameba, wait  I take that back... it's an insult to the ameba!  If Manny PAID THEM 2 million dollars to play, they still should not have signed him. 

The Rays will regret this move and Manny's tenure with them will end before the end of June.  Subtraction by addition.  What the heck kind of management team does that?

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:42 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Just to clear things up, The Lightning are drawing a very good crowd on average right now. The Bucs did not because they lost so many the prior year. The cities bandwagon will kick in for the next NFL season. The problem with Baseball is simple. It takes 2 decades to build a fan base of fans that will go to more then 25 games a year. There are so many baseball fans right now thatare imbedded with the teams they have been cheering for so long. The fans now who are taking thier children are the foundation of a future fan base. Their children keep coming brings friends and eventually their children and finally you have a larger crowd of true diehards. This is my opinion. I do think baseball could fix this by making a rotating schedule of on week at home and one week on the road. That would give fans better planning reather then 10 straight or 12 straight at home. With football you have 8 home game not 41 like hockey and 81 like baseball. Who can go to 81 games?   

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