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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: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:31 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

For some reason every decent sized city figures it need to be a 4 sport town to be considered a major city. Tampa proves that a big city can't, and won't, support that many teams. The Rays, even through winning seasons and playoff hunts, can't draw and neither can the Lightning. Alot of these city don't need or want the teams they already have. Contraction in some of these sports would be a really good thing or moving the teams until they stick.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:15 am

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Maybe if the Rays fans actually showed up to the home games, management wouldn't  make these types of signings. When the rays made the playoffs I remember them having to give tickets away to come close to selling out the home games, and then they gave the fans freakin' cowbells to help them make some noise because the fans didn't know how to make enough noise by themselves. 2 years ago when they were in 1st in Sept and the yanks came to Tampa, they couldn't even sell out those games, more yanks fans there than tampa fans. When only 10,000 people show up to home games on a good night when you're one of the best young teams in the game and playing exciting teams regularly like the yankees and red sox, what else is management going to do besides sell their talent and replace them w/ rusted vets like damon and manny to sell jerseys. This reminds me of when the Bills signed TO when they had zero chance at making the playoffs, it was a push to bring in a big name vet at the end of his career, that nobody else wanted, just to sell jerseys and make it seem like management wasn't being cheap. I've been to both Blue Jays home games and Tampa home games and the tampa fans make the toronto fans seem like the loudest, wildest fans of all time..... if you've never been to a jays game in the last decade, it's about as energetic as a high school golf practice. I am all for a strict MLB salary cap to even out the competition so the yanks and red sox don't get to buy up all the young talent the smaller market teams have, but when fans don't show up to the home games and spend money, guess what management is going to do to save money..... sell studs and add duds. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:40 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

This is a pretty good platoon system. They'll both split left and DH. They're already in the Top 100 in hits. The only thing now for them is to get 3,000 hits, of which both will vertainly be capable of if they have an "average" year. Besides, that park is small. Manny's home runs will boost. Either way, they both get base hits, and obviously alot of them.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:20 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Brent.Having a minimum salary cap would do nothing but make the bad players more money. It won't change a thing cause the big spends will still get the big free agents & the small market teams will still get the same players but just spend more money on them. Can't have a minimum cap without having a maximum cap. 

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:13 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

How sad are these Rays now? All of their talent is going elsewhere and now they get two vets who won't contribute much of anything. These are just two average players who used to be good. Sorry Rays fans, but I have feeling it may be awhile before you are in the postseason again.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:32 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

A Day Late and a "Window of Opportunity" slammed shut Rays fans. You had your 3 year window to give your fairweather fans a WS win. I have nothing against the team. It's the fans. Cowbells during the WS ? Really ????? Loudmouth Dick Vitale is your #1 fan ???? 

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:29 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Sophisticated Rays fans can see right through this crap.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:29 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Reminds me of the days of Boggs, McGriff, and Greg Vaughn.  This is what's wrong with baseball- a small market team can't keep its players.  There should be a minimum team salary or contraction.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:23 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

How does Johnny Damon ever earn more then Manny Ramirez. Just sayin..

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:23 pm

Rays adding Manny and Damon

Adding manny is a mistake especially for a young club like Tampa Bay. This team will not contend and Manny will pull a manny and that could spell trouble for the management and younger players. He is strickly a sideshow to increase attendence at the Trop.

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