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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: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:00 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

I am having a hard time believing that Baltimore is in the hunt for this guy.  Buck has spent his managerial career in both the minors and majors of getting rid of these guys.

If Baltimore is really in the hunt it might signal a shift of power to the GM from Buck.  If this is true then the long suffering fans of the Orioles are in for more suffering.

Say what you may about Buck he is one of the best talent evaluators in the game today. Their GM is surely not in Bucks class.

Also why would you want to bring a cancer like him to the team?  This man quit on Boston when he was with them.  What do you think he will do in Baltimore?

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:58 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Manny serves the 50-game suspension then returns another drug test.  You watch....the unpredictable became the predictable.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:26 am

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

I think it's a good move for the A's thier offense has no power and it's not like he would cost much and if he does suck you cut him. 

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:03 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

As typical the O's did nothing this off season to strenthen the team. Angelos owns the TV rights for two major league teams, his own and the Nats, yet Baltimore has been a bottom feeder for over a decade. Rameriez makes absolutly no sense in a Baltimore uniform. 
The O's need to become bold to move up in a difficult divison. Their cry last year was develop the "arms" and buy the "bats".  Neithe
r worked. Their cadre of young arms showed nothing and the hitters they picked up were poor at best. When the best hitter you can bring in has a history of his SO's exceeding his BA and can not field his positon signing a single player on the downside of carreer does nothing to bolster the team. The team has three marketable players in their cather , CF, and RF. Market them carefully and build the team through viable AA and AAA prospects. 
Surprising the A's are the other team in this hunt, as Manny should be of no interest to Beane.     

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:44 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

He's old and finally off the sauce(supposedly). There's no reason to sign this guy, he was a cancer even when he was great(on roids).

I liked TB taking a shot on him as DH with a 1 year deal because I knew he would juice up again and probably have a good year. Then he would sucker some other team into a multi year deal, quit juicing, and stink it up. I just didn't expect him to get caught so easily.

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:44 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Money Ball huh.......what a bunch of crap! If I was an A's fan I would be furious with the way this team is being operated. They just traded away a solid rotation of young up and coming pitchers......for what.....more up and coming pitchers that will be traded away as soon as they blossum. They should move this team out of Oakland and actually try to field a winning team.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:09 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

I say give Manny a shot. How can it hurt? if he stinks, release him, can't hit this spring, release him. The guy wants to prove something to himself, that he was a premier hitter in this league for many years and shouldn't be remembered for steriods. All the Red Sox/ Indians fans that have turned their back on this guy should be ashamed. Everyone of you wouldn't have given this guy up for the world while he was playing for your team. 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:24 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Can't believe any team is that desparate for a DH.  The A's or O's don't have anyone in their farm systems or 40 man roster who can fill the position?
Maybe they are hoping that Manny name power would sell more tickets 

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:15 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

cffl- Exactly!

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:09 pm

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Please Orioles ... if this report is true ... please Orioles do not allow this clown into Camden Yards unless he buys a ticket.  Doesn't anyone within the front office realize the present day perception of the franchise?

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