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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.


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Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

As a Rays fan i can honestly say that i was really excited to see Manny in uniform the guy is a bum but trust me when i say if a guy can hit u 20-25 HR's and 80-90 RBI's hes going to get a contract offer. The 2M is about right and all that Manny can expect hes a life time cheater.



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Get that Tall connect off of here its more annoying than doyel and trolls put together


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Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:33 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

I have to admit, if I were a bigger Orioles or A's fan, I'd be heading to the liquor store.

But if you can sign him to a league minimum contract with incentives, and you are incredibly desperate, then it could make sense. With the contract riding mainly on incentives, then locker room problems or under performance aren't as big a problem because you can just send him on his way with little harm to the pocketbook. But if anyone is crazy enough to sign him to a contract with a larger amount of guaranteed money, you are asking for trouble.

That being said, I can see him in Baltimore before Oakland. I can't even believe Oakland management is even considering this.

Good luck O's and A's fans!!



Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

The O’s need a new over the hill, big name guy to fill the DH spot and vastly under perform…Perfect fit! FREE THE BIRDS!!!!!!!





Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

Please god no!



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:27 pm
 

Orioles, A's show interest in Manny Ramirez

It makes no sense to me that teams are still interested in signing Manny. You're going to tell me he'll be a better option than someone like Vlad Guerrero, or Johnny Damon? Sure he'll probably sign for the major league minimum (he's collecting nearly 10 million this year from the Dodgers and Red Sox), but still.. I'd pay an extra million or two to have a class act like one of the aforementioned, as opposed to a clown like Man-Ram.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:17 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?


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