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Posted on: January 12, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Manny not 'viable option' for Dodgers

Manny Ramirez
The Dodgers need an impact right-handed bat and a left fielder. Manny Ramirez needs a job. So naturally, some have wondered whether Mannywood, Part II, is a possibility.

Given the bitter taste Ramirez left with Dodgers executives when he departed Los Angeles in August, it seemed pretty unlikely they'd give him another chance, and manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that it's not going to happen.

"Do I have to answer that?" was Mattingly's response when first asked about the possibility of signing Ramirez. When pushed, Mattingly said, "I don't think Manny is a viable option right now."

Ooh, but did you catch the out he left? "Right now." I think Lloyd Christmas would agree that there's still a chance.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 8:18 pm
 

DH market still crowded

Vladimir Guerrero If there's a surplus of one position on the free agent market, it may be the designated hitter spot.

Jim Thome, one of last season's bargain pickups, is still unsigned, as are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. And then there's the not-retired Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Russell Branyan, Jose Guillen and Hank Blalock.

So far this offseason, the Red Sox exercised their option on David Ortiz, the Yankees have said they'll move Jorge Posada out from behind the plate, as will the Tigers with newly-signed Victor Martinez. Adam Dunn will be a first-time designated hitter with the White Sox.

As for teams with needs, that includes the team Thome DH'd for last season, the Twins, who would like him back. Of course, after putting up the year he did, he feels like he deserves a raise -- especially with his 600th career home run likely coming this season. The Rays, Angels and Rangers also have obvious needs, while the Orioles, Royals and Blue Jays could upgrade at the spot or stay put.

As it stands, here how the current AL DHs line up:
Orioles -- Luke Scott
Red Sox -- David Ortiz
Yankees -- Jorge Posada
Blue Jays -- Edwin Encarnacion
Rays -- Matt Joyce
White Sox -- Adam Dunn
Indians -- Travis Hafner
Tigers -- Victor Martinez
Royals -- Billy Butler
Twins -- Jason Kubel
Angels -- Mike Napoli
A's -- Hideki Matsui
Mariners -- Jack Cust
Rangers -- David Murphy

And here's who is left on the market (2010 AVG/OBP/SLG HR, RBI)
Jim Thome .283/.412/.627 25, 59
Vladimir Guerrero .300/.345/.496 29, 115
Manny Ramirez .298/.409/.510 16, 42
Johnny Damon .271/.355/.401 8, 51
Russell Branyan .237/.323/.487 25, 57
Jason Giambi .244/.378/.398 6, 35
Andruw Jones .230/.341/.486 19, 48
Hank Blalock .254/.319/.349 1, 7
Jose Guillen .258/.314/.416 16, 62
Jeremy Hermida .216/.268/351 6, 29
Troy Glaus .240/.344/.400 16, 71
Mike Sweeney .252/.321/.444 8, 26
Jorge Cantu .256/.304/.392 11, 56
Jermaine Dye (2009) .250/.340/.453 27, 81

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Dodgers want an outfielder

Bill Hall Stop me if you've heard this one before -- team seeking left fielder, preferably a right-handed hitter, interested in Matt Diaz, Bill Hall (pictured), Scott Hairston and Jeff Francoeur.

Yeah, not exactly Earth-shattering, but CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller is hearing the Dodgers are among the teams looking at that group of players for that position.

With Manny Ramirez gone and Scott Podsednik now a free agent, they don't have an incumbent at that outfield spot and need some help.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 10:33 am
 

Jays willing to take on 'baggage'


Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos met with some baseball writers on Thursday (since, you know, it wasn't Thanksgiving up there), and had some interesting things to say. He doesn't think his trio of relievers will accept arbitration. He doesn't think the Jays have the pressing needs they had a year ago. And, while he wouldn't address specific free agents, he did respond to a question about players with "baggage":

"It depends, how significant is it? Would it affect other players?" he said, according to MLB.com. "A lot of times you hear about other players -- and I use [Jose] Bautista as an example -- that there are issues and the more work you do, the more background you do, it's not what everyone assumes.

"You find out certain players within a clubhouse are well liked with their teammates and maybe it's off the field issues. So, you have to weigh each case by [itself]. If it's the right player, and the right fit, the right talent, at the right price, then you have to be open to it."

In other words, don't be surprised to see Manny Ramirez paid in loonies next season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:22 pm
 

White Sox decline arbitration on Ramirez

Ramirez The White Sox declined the opportunity to offer arbitration to DH Manny Ramirez, as AOL Fanhouse reports.

Ramirez will likely have to take a low base salary wherever he lands this season. It's possible that's back with the White Sox, but Chicago understandably had no interest in risking Ramirez accepting arbitration and getting a lucrative contract -- if not one over $20 million, his salary in 2010.

Agent Scott Boras said earlier that Ramirez will likely have to follow the path of Vladimir Guerrero in proving himself on a one-year deal before he can be expected to make significant coin again.

In other White Sox news, arbitration has been declined on catcher A.J. Pierzynski, as the team looks prepared to turn over the reins at catcher to Tyler Flowers.

Arbitration was offered to first baseman Paul Konerko and reliever J.J. Putz. Konerko has said some curious things about perhaps moving on from Chicago, but that is not expected to happen. He's likely in line for a two- or three-year deal.

Putz is an interesting case. With a 2010 salary of $3.125 million and an excellent season after a year coming off injury, Putz could be in line for a raise to $5 million in arbitration. It's possible no other team will bite at that salary or offer him more years, so Putz may end up accepting arbitration. If that happens, the White Sox would certainly be happy to bring Putz back to the bullpen and could even make him the closer.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 4:15 pm
 

Moss signs with Phillies

Brandon Moss
It's a long way to fall going from a key piece of a three-way trade involving Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay to being released by the worst team in baseball. But Brandon Moss will get a fresh start with the Phillies.

Moss, a now-27-year-old outfielder, was considered a top prospect when he came to Pittsburgh from Boston in a 2008 midseason blockbuster. But he lost his starting job in 2009 and played just 17 games at the major-league level in 2010, the team making it clear he was not part of their rebuilding plans. He batted .154 last season and has a .238 average in 244 career major-league games.

He was removed from the Pirates' 40-man roster recently, making him a free agent. The Phillies announced Friday they had signed him as a minor-league free agent with an invitation to spring training.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:38 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:24 am
 

What's the market for Manny?

Hot Stove There's a 12-time All-Star on the market, a career .313 hitter with 555 home runs. And yet when people talk about the big names in this winter's free-agent crop, Manny Ramirez's name doesn't even come up.

As Bill Shaikin discusses in the Los Angeles Times, Ramirez, 38, has gone from front-line star to afterthought after a 2009 drug suspension and a 2010 season that saw him limited to 90 games thanks to three trips to the disabled list. He was claimed off waivers by the White Sox in August and played 24 games for Chicago, batting .261 with one homer and two RBI.

Now the guy who two years ago was worth a two-year, $45 million deal finds himself wondering where there's a market for him.

Manny Ramirez
"It's just like Vlad Guerrero," Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, told the Times. "His last Angels season, where he had an injury season and he had 50 RBIs, was not a customary Vlad Guerrero season. He went to Texas and reestablished himself.

"This is really the course for great veteran hitters. We've seen, following an injury season, a player goes out and performs at optimum levels, because these players are still uniquely skilled. They're still great hitters."

It appears Ramirez is done as an outfielder, at least on any regular basis. There are 14 DH spots available, and many of the prominent ones are filled. Guerrero is a free agent again, as are Jim Thome, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui. The Times figures the market for Ramirez could be down to the Tigers, Rays, Blue Jays and maybe the Orioles. And Ramirez will probably have to accept a one-year deal with incentives and prove he's still an impact player.

Boras is hopeful, and armed with his usual supply of Boras-speak.

"I think Manny Ramirez is a Hall of Fame hitter," he said. "Teams look at that ability and, if they adjudicate that ability is still intact, they're going to be seeking those extraordinary talents before they proceed elsewhere."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Predicting where free agents will land

Baseball is currently in a five-day period where teams have exclusivity to negotiate with players who have become free agents. Sunday at midnight, that period will expire and free up players to talk to any and all teams.

There's plenty to like about this free-agent crop, as the top players at each position is enough to put together a contending team. Plus, there are a good number of nice backup options, too.

Below, you can find Evan Brunell's predictions on where free agents will wind up, going position by position with two names at each position.

Martinez C: Victor Martinez -- Tigers. All the noise surrounding Detroit going hard after Martinez seems legit. It's part of Detroit's M.O., filling a position of desperate need to contend and Martinez is the best option and remains capable of catching. Plus, Detroit has no major block at first or DH for an eventual switch for V-Mart as Alex Avila apprentices.

C: John Buck -- Yankees. Jorge Posada will be receiving most of his at-bats as a DH and Francisco Cervelli certainly can't start. The Yankees will flex their financial muscles on a catcher which they can bring in on a short-term contract who broke out in Toronto last season. It solves the catcher conundrum short term and leaves the long term free for Austin Romine.

Dunn 1B: Adam Dunn -- Cubs. Another popular pairing that makes too much sense. The Cubs need to strike to stay in contention even as they try to get their minor-league system in order and producing over the next couple of seasons. Dunn's defense is minimized now that he's at first, and the Cubs need someone to sky them big flies. (And if the Cubs really are not going after big-name free agents , which I doubt is 100 percent true, I'll tab Dunn to the Athletics .)

1B: Aubrey Huff -- Giants. Unfortunately, while bringing in Huff eventually paid off big time for San Francisco, he is now overrated. With Brandon Belt tearing up the farm, there's no overwhelming reason to give Huff anything close to what he can get on the market. I have a feeling Brian Sabean will do what he always does, signing older players coming off big years to nonsensical contracts. You know it and I know it. Sleeper alert: The Giants move forward with a Mark DeRosa/Travis Ishikawa platoon at first, leaving Huff to land with the Mariners .

Hudson 2B: Orlando Hudson -- Padres. The O-Dog will be on the move again, looking for his fourth team in four seasons, fifth overall. He's long wanted to join the Mets, but Luis Castillo has prevented him from doing so. The Padres plan to contend, but still need the dollars to make sense for who they bring in, and it will for Hudson to plug a vacancy at second with no viable internal options.

2B: Bill Hall -- Twins. Hall is looking for a starting job, but there are those telling him he is best suited as a super utility player. Look for Minnesota to give him a chance at the starting 2B job, but the Twins will love moving him around once they can justify it.

Jeter SS: Derek Jeter -- Yankees. I think a lot of people are going to be a bit surprised by how long the negotiations take. Despite popular sentiment, Brian Cashman is not one to pay someone beyond actual value. What he does have is disposable income that the owners can order him to pay a premium, so Cashman will do just that -- but only at a small premium.

SS: Juan Uribe -- Giants. This is one return that makes sense. Edgar Renteria isn't being brought back, even if he doesn't retire. Pablo Sandoval's struggles at third and Uribe's ability to slide to third as need be will be coveted by San Francisco, and he deserves the deal he'll sign for. It's a very weak market for shortstops, so even those that could be available in a trade (Jason Bartlett?) may have too prohibitive a price.

Beltre 3B: Adrian Beltre -- Angels. Los Angeles makes the big strike here, importing a gifted defender who had a great season with the stick. He won't hit .321 again, but he'll be a signing on the level of Torii Hunter. He's expensive but will produce and help put L.A. back into postseason contention.

3B: Miguel Tejada -- Padres. San Diego was pleased with Tejada's production after acquiring him from Houston and will sign him to play his natural position of short even though he began the transition to third base last season.

Crawford LF: Carl Crawford -- Red Sox . Crawford will spark a bidding war between the Red Sox, Angels and some other team yet to be known, plus a late charge by the Yankees (you know it'll happen). In the end, the Red Sox will win out, offering just enough to entice Crawford to Boston.

LF: Marcus Thames -- Phillies. Thames built his value this past year, establishing himself as a strong platoon option against left-handers who surprisingly held his own against righties. The Phillies are interested in bringing in another right-handed hitter to pair with Ben Francisco, and Thames seems like the perfect low-cost, high-upside option.

Damon CF: Johnny Damon -- Astros. Damon may be a center fielder, but it's in name only as he's restricted to left and DH at this point of his career. No contending team is going to be interested in starting him, but he can still land somewhere where there's a faint glimmer of a chance at the postseason. Damon can be the grizzled, scrappy veteran who can lead them to the top. Welcome to Houston, Johnny!

CF: Melky Cabrera -- Royals. Cabrera's stock is down. Way, way down. He'll have to latch on with a bottom-feeding club who gambles on his tools. Kansas City seems like the perfect place to do that. With an up-and-coming farm, he could fit in seamlessly if he takes his job seriously. If he doesn't, the Royals simply move on.

Werth RF: Jayson Werth -- White Sox. It makes a lot of sense for the White Sox to go after Werth -- they have their own bandbox and need someone who can play the outfield and who could DH in his off days. Carlos Quentin's defense needs to be hidden or moved to first if they don't bring Paul Konerko back. Helping matters is Chicago has the money to make it happen.

RF: Andruw Jones -- Braves. Coming off a strong season for the White Sox where he proved he can still bring it, just not quite as a full-time outfielder (although that possibility does exist), Jones seems like he could make a return to Atlanta. The Braves have a need to remake their outfield, and Jones seems to be a perfect piece of the puzzle.

Thome DH: Jim Thome -- Twins. No reason for Thome to leave the Twins, really. He had a strong season there, became a cult hero, has been loyal to his teams and Minnesota definitely could use this slugger back provided the two can agree on how much playing time he will get. Having Delmon Young, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Justin Morneau doesn't leave much room for Thome, but it worked out just fine in 2010.

DH: Manny Ramirez -- Rays . Manny is a DH and probably will find the market a bit hostile towards him. He's not upper-echelon any longer, but not many teams need a DH. After long and overdrawn-out negotiations thanks to Scott Boras, ManRam will finally sign around the beginning of spring training and coast into town to help the Rays and what could be a moribund offense.

Pavano RHSP: Carl Pavano -- Brewers. Pavano is set to cash in on his success with the Twins and is certain to be in a position where he can outdo accepting arbitration thanks to a poor right-handed starter's market. Milwaukee needs to find starting pitching and fast, and the Brewers proved last year with Randy Wolf they weren't afraid to go get it. Wolf's struggles won't be enough to deter Milwaukee from Pavano, not when a Wolf-Pavano-Yovani Gallardo rotation would do wonders in the NL Central.

RHSP: Hiroki Kuroda -- Dodgers. Kuroda's been a bit overlooked on the national stage, as he truly is a strong pitcher. The Dodgers want -- need -- to contend, so they'll make sure Kuroda goes nowhere. They do need to slash salary, but a lot of that was tied up in Manny Ramirez, so there's plenty for Kuroda.

Lee LHSP: Cliff Lee -- Rangers. Buy into Texas being players for Lee and Lee eschewing the bright lights of New York just as long as the money is there. And it will be. The wife likes having him close to home, he's going to be on a contending team and get his money. There isn't much reason to move to New York.

LHSP: Jorge De La Rosa -- Tigers. Detroit has money to spend and a need in the rotation. De la Rosa will flirt with quite a few teams, Yankees included, but it's Detroit who will step up. It needs a strong pitcher in the rotation to have any hope of contending, and de la Rosa falls right into the bracket the Tigers are comfortable with.

Soriano RHRP: Rafael Soriano -- Angels . L.A. has said all the right things in moving forward with Fernando Rodney as a closer after moving Brian Fuentes, but the Angels bullpen was in tatters all season and Rodney is not good enough to block Soriano, who is one of the best closers in the game but will find a rough market.

RHRP: Joaquin Benoit -- Rays . Benoit's price tag is going to be high, but the Rays will be faced with a barren bullpen. Why not bring back someone they know can do it for them? They can entice Benoit with the possibility -- probability -- about taking over as closer.

LHRP: Scott Downs -- Red Sox. Downs is a Type-A free agent, but Boston will gladly fork over its second-rounder after Crawford gives Tampa Bay its first-rounder. The Red Sox want to beef up their bullpen after years of trolling through cast-offs. Downs has been coveted for a while, and Boston will take the plunge.

LHRP: Brian Fuentes -- Marlins. Florida wants to contend, but needs some help in the bullpen to do so. Knowing the Fish, they won't be looking to spend big at the position, but Fuentes is a nice, safe and affordable pick to be the new closer they want.

-- Evan Brunell

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