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Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:03 pm
When Manny Ramirez said in December that he wanted to return to baseball, it was fair to ask if any team would -- or should -- care.

Two months later, Ramirez hasn't yet signed but there is interest. According to sources, Ramirez has been talking to both the A's and Orioles about a deal to play in 2012, and indications are both teams have significant interest in signing him.

Ramirez still needs to serve the drug suspension that pushed him into "retirement" last April, and he would miss the first 50 games of the season.

The A's and Orioles both make sense for Ramirez, as both had designated hitters are gone via free agency (Hideki Matsui for the A's, Vladimir Guerrero for the O's). And both teams take a chance, because neither is expected to contend this year.

The Orioles also have a connection, as new Orioles general manager Dan Duquette signed Ramirez to a six-year, $120 million contract 11 years ago with the Red Sox. As for the A's, owner Lew Wolff said last week that he wasn't opposed to adding Ramirez.

It's hard to know how effective Ramirez can be now, at age 39 (and he'll be nearly 40 by the time the 50-game suspension is up). Ramirez was 1-for-17 in his five games last April with the Rays, and he drove in just two runs in 24 games for the White Sox after they picked him up at midseason in 2010.

Category: MLB

Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:20 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Manny's deal with the Red Sox was for eight years, not six.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:47 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

@ OhioSportsFan11: As an A's fan, yeah my liquor intake will probably increase to astronomic proportions this season, but it's the A's management that needs to stay away from the bottle after making these ill-conceived off-season transactions.

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:52 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

As a lifelong Oriole fan who is close to my breaking point, I have to say if they sign Manny Ramirez, then I am done being an Oriole fan until Peter Angelos sells the team.  To see an organization that was once the pride of baseball become such a laughingstock is just heartbreaking.  Not only is this a terrible team, with one of the worst pitching staffs ever assembled, there is no relief coming.  Some teams are just stockpiled with talent (Tampa, KC, etc) yet the O's have Manny Machado and not much else.  This is just pitiful!  Stop the madness!  Peter, sell the team to someone who cares!  Manny Ramirez???  What a joke!

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:20 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Man, I hate to break this to you, but there are no ties on this team to the "Oriole Way".  Not a player, not a coach, not anyone in the front office.
I too am a fan from forever ago.  The "Oriole Way" was instilled by a system of minor league coaches as a philosophy of playing the game hard with a strong background in fundamentals and baseball smarts.  Allegiance to the team.  The system pretty much died with Cal Sr.  The players now see the game as a business.  They may play for each other if you're lucky.  Baseball is still the game most dependent on individual talents.  Sadly the "Oriole Way" is no more.

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:11 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Moneyball does not equal MANNYBALL !

I think Manny would bring people in the seats but the A'S would be brutal with or without him.

More people will go and watch the Giants pitchers across the bay than the punchless A'S.   

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:37 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

You're half right. The buying of the arms didn't work, but the bats were there. Maybe not booming ridiculous, but we were in the upper part of the league for offense, and if I remember correctly the only team to have 4 players with over 20 home runs. (Hardy, Wieters, Jones, Reynolds)

We still were bottom feeders, but dont apply issues from one aspect to ALL aspects. Thats like saying every good team is perfect on all fronts. Last I checked, the Giants won a WS with a crappy offense. 

Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:11 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

The Orioles have no place for an ego that big in their organization.  Even when Mr. Ripken was the best thing since sliced bread, he still did things the "Oriole Way".  Even though my birds have not had a winning season since bats and balls were carved from tree limbs and stones, my support for them hinges on the old-fashioned attitudes they project as a team.  Hell, I would even get rid of Roberts if he has another "juice" incident.  Now, if we could just get an owner who treated this like a sports team instead of being intent on making a profit from his business.  George (Steinbrenner) did one thing right in all his years; he understood that you have to spend some money to make a lot more.  I don't recall him wasting a lot on drug-using, washed-up egomaniacs who don't even know how to wear a uniform properly.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:41 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

money ball was a great movie but not a good way of putting a baseball team together but the A;s should do better with this crop of guys they have now we shall see !!!!

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:06 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

This 3 time loser doesn't deserve to ever play in the MLB again , just go away you women beater.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:11 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

I've been an Orioles fan since the late 1960's.  Just when I thought they had hit rock bottom, signing Manny would put them under the cellar.  That would be the last nail in the coffin for me.  It would complete my transition to the Nationals.

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