Nationals Not Interested In Manny Ramirez

Bill Ladson of has been told by a baseball source that reports of the Nationals’ interest in Manny Ramirez are false.

Ladson notes two fairly obvious reasons why Manny isn’t a good fit in D.C.:

  • The Nationals are overloaded with right-handed hitting outfielders.  They already have righties Josh Willingham, Lastings Milledge, Elijah Dukes, Austin Kearns and Wily Mo Pena under contract for ’08.
  • And the obvious one:  His age.  Ramirez is 36.  The Nats won a league-low 59 games last season and need to build for the long-term before they go signing old, high-priced free agents with big egos.
  • Let’s not forget Jim Bowden’s November 12th quote: We are not pursuing Manny Ramirez."

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