Five Teams Have Expressed Interest In Manny

SATURDAY, 9:24pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that the Blue Jays are still considering Ramirez. 

FRIDAY, 10:04am: At least five teams have shown some level of interest in Manny Ramirez, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (link in Spanish). The Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays and Blue Jays have asked about Manny, according to Rojas’ source.

Ramirez is training in Arizona and he’s preparing to play defense if necessary. Agent Scott Boras made the case for Manny yesterday, speaking to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick heard that Ramirez could be a fit in Tampa Bay, but suggested that the Blue Jays are less likely to sign him.

The five clubs mentioned in Rojas' report all appeared on my list of teams with potential interest in designated hitters.


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62 Comments on "Five Teams Have Expressed Interest In Manny"


4 years 6 months ago

As much as I’d love to have Manny hitting between Mauer and Morneau I don’t see any way the Twins would bring him on due to all the headaches.

buffalonichols
4 years 6 months ago

I could actually see it happening if the right deal could be struck. If they could sign him to a cheap enough deal where they could cut him if it doesn’t work out, I’d be game for it. They’ve been willing to cut their losses with other low-risk deals in the past (think Batista, although not quickly enough, Ramon Ortiz, Livan Hernandez, Mike Lamb, etc.)

buffalonichols
4 years 6 months ago

That being said, I doubt it will happen. Just wanted to be clear on that. I’m more playing devil’s advocate than anything else.

bluejayspwn
4 years 6 months ago

that would be a scary line-up

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

not really. besides mauer ramirez and morneau, there is not much there. not to mention that ramirez is no guarentee to do anything and these past couple of years morneau has been fairly injury prone. not that scary

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

not really. besides mauer ramirez and morneau, there is not much there. not to mention that ramirez is no guarentee to do anything and these past couple of years morneau has been fairly injury prone. not that scary

0vercast
4 years 6 months ago

That would be interesting, but he’d have to take the place of a 4th outfielder/speedy defensive specialist like Repko or possibly Benson, and I’d don’t think it’d be in the best interest of the Twins now that they have their slugging bench bat in Thome.

However, we all know what a motivated Manny can do, and all the turmoil of the last two year may have just turned Manny into a hungry hitting machine. I’m very curious to see where he goes, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he has a very good season this year similar to Thome’s last year, if not better.

NYYANKEES
4 years 6 months ago

Why are the Rangers going after Manny and Thome? if thats the case might as well just bring back Vlad

lazerball
4 years 6 months ago

Likely seeing which of the three is the last man standing so they can get him at a cheaper price. Seems like a bunch of AL teams are playing chicken with the DH market right now and hoping that waiting for other teams to pounce first lowers the price of one of the three remaining good DH options.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

thome is off the table

ledhed1234
4 years 6 months ago

Wouldn’t the only one that makes true sense be Tampa? It’s short money and they’re just starting to rebuild so he’s not taking anyone’s spot except some AAA guy that should be in the minors anyways.

tellrodt
4 years 6 months ago

Tampa Bay would be perfect for Manny or Vlad. I would much rather have “the impailer” but he would cost more than Manny (although it’d be money well spent).

4 years 6 months ago

PREDICTION on the type of contract MANNY gets this season?!!?

4 years 6 months ago

I’ll start, Incentive laden deal worth 4 mill guaranteed and incentives add another 4 mill.

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

He signs in Anaheim, and Arte Moreno holds a huge press conference stating Manny was the goal the whole off season and believes the 5 million plus incentives for plate appearances will push his club over the Rangers.

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

8 mill for manyy with 2 mill incentive

TwinsVet
4 years 6 months ago

“Some level of interest”. Yeah, that’s not vague or anything.

Picking up the phone and asking, “Is it true your client actually thinks someone is going to sign him next year?” is some level of interest, I suppose.

I see Manny fast approaching Bonds territory…

4 years 6 months ago

Manny isn’t nearly as toxic as Bonds. If he were willing to sign for 2-3 mil base there would be teams scrambling to sign him. Headache or not, the guy will still give you a .900 OPS

TwinsVet
4 years 6 months ago

His OPS dropped .080 last year, to .870. He hasn’t played a full season in 2 years. I don’t see his age 39 season getting any better…

$1529282
4 years 6 months ago

He also dealt with leg issues and a sports hernia which can account for his drop in power. He still hit for a .300 average and got on base at a .410 clip. His pitch recognition and strike zone knowledge are still strong (he swung out of the zone more than usual last year but less than league average) and he swings and misses less than league average as well.

There’s more reason to believe it would get better than worse. Love him or hate him (and most hate him, which is fine), he’s one of the best right-handed hitters you’ll ever see. He may not be a 35 HR bat anymore, but he can still hit 20+ HR still and put up a line close to .300/.400/.490 if his injuries are behind him.

TwinsVet
4 years 6 months ago

Do you really believe Manny Ramirez is the kind of guy who’s taking his off-season conditioning seriously?

Guys who invest serious time off the field into conditioning tend to recover better from injuries, and tend to have more longevity. Guys who were lazy off the field, and/or used PED’s, age much less gracefully.

4 years 6 months ago

Manny is a notoriously hard worker. Just because he’s a goofball doesn’t mean he doesn’t try hard to be good.

4 years 6 months ago

Given that he’s remained productive into his late 30’s, yes.

In case you haven’t heard, major league baseball is still a pretty difficult game to play.

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

More like Dye territory

Thurman8er
4 years 6 months ago

Here we go again. Please no. At this point, Manny does not significantly improve what the Angels have in LF. Rivera or Abreu can nearly match his production at the plate and, sad defenders though they are, can still outplay Manny in left. And this is NOT a clubhouse that needs an idiot like Manny. No. Please no.

kdub53
4 years 6 months ago

couldnt agree more…two thumbs up

4 years 6 months ago

The Angels didn’t want Manny when he was good… what makes anyone think they want him now that he is off the juice and has no power?

4 years 6 months ago

The Angels didn’t want Manny when he was good… what makes anyone think they want him now that he is off the juice and has no power?

Thurman8er
4 years 6 months ago

Here we go again. Please no. At this point, Manny does not significantly improve what the Angels have in LF. Rivera or Abreu can nearly match his production at the plate and, sad defenders though they are, can still outplay Manny in left. And this is NOT a clubhouse that needs an idiot like Manny. No. Please no.

eck78
4 years 6 months ago

Manny is aweful. I hope the Twins sign him because when we(White Sox) traded for him we thought we had something. Manny is done and so is his power.

pmc765
4 years 6 months ago

This is one Boras client, unsigned in mid-winter, who has no grievance with his agent.

0bsessions
4 years 6 months ago

To be entirely fair, if Manny hadn’t fought so hard to get out of Boston (There’s debate over whether it was his own idiocy or Boras pushing him because Boras wouldn’t see a dime if the Sox picked up his options), he wouldn’t be considered such a horrible malcontent at this point. Honestly, I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it’s hard to consider it a coincidence that Manny went from oafish buffoon with eccentricities to outright jerk within months of moving to Boras.

SoCalAngelsFan75
4 years 6 months ago

Angels signing Manny woudl just be icing on the disastrous-offseason cake they’ve already baked.

thevoiceofbv
4 years 6 months ago

My guess (for as little as it is worth) is NL – Phillies or Marlins, AL – Blue Jays or the Angels. However as a Yankee fan, I have a sick feeling that Manny will be playing in the Bronx.

jmcbosox
4 years 6 months ago

as a redsox fan i have a sick feeling that manny will be playing in the bronx, with a vengeance.

fivepoint0
4 years 6 months ago

“However as a Yankee fan, I have a sick feeling that Manny will be playing in the Bronx.”

I’d love to see this.

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

If you do see Manny playing in the Bronx, it will most likely be on some playground on the Grand Concourse. Not at the New Yankees Stadium

Thizzie
4 years 6 months ago

My guess is Yanks! With Rangers and Angels as alternantives. He will want to contend that is certian. Another point, I read some guys bashing his work ethic, I’ve heard from big leaguers that said he is usually early to the park and hits off a tee for hours before BP or even early BP just to groove his swing. He is really stong looking too, not fat but pretty jacked I’d say. I just don’t buy that one of the greatest hitters of all time is lazy!

fpz
4 years 6 months ago

I’d rather have Andruw Jones

Bernaldo
4 years 6 months ago

At this point, it seems to me that he will have to take a minor league deal to come to spring training with lots of incentives built in if he makes the big club. He was absolutely dreadful after coming over to the White Sox last year. His bat looked markedly slower and he is clearly no longer the great hitter he used to be. He is now on a “make good” status I think and I cannot imagine why ant team would sign him to a major league deal.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

Umm I can gaurantee you he will get a major league deal. Manny would retire before accepting a minor lg deal.

MaineluvstheSox
4 years 6 months ago

P.T.Barnum,”There’s a sucker born every day.” Someone will sign him. Won’t be the Sox though.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

L Ron Hubbard said the exact same thing.

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

I see a lower market team pull a Nationals and come out of nowhere and sign him cheap only because people will come to the park to see him, I see the Royals, Orioles, Astros, A’s, and maybe the Rays signing him if he doesn’t sign with the Angels as my joke at the top suggested.

Pete
4 years 6 months ago

I really hope he signs with Tampa Bay.

Angelsfan1066
4 years 6 months ago

angels will sign him and work on making a trad for thirdbase no matter what you guys say manny is a fabulous player no matter how much i hate him he would improve the angels and be backup for kendry morales in the lineup.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

I think Damon would be a better fit – Manny on the bases would not achieve what the Angels are best at. I hope that Angel management has a better plan than this for improving the lack of power in Angel stadium.