Rays, Rangers Leading Suitors For Manny

The Rays and Rangers appear to be Manny Ramirez's most aggressive suitors, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). ESPNDeportes' Enrique Rojas included the Angels on his list of teams pursuing Ramirez when he suggested yesterday that the slugger would sign by early next week.

The Rays are discussing a deal with another Scott Boras client, Johnny Damon. Meanwhile, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are definitely interested in Ramirez. As Sullivan points out, adding the 38-year-old would probably cut into Mitch Moreland's playing time and lead to more playing time at first for Michael Young.


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53 Comments on "Rays, Rangers Leading Suitors For Manny"


m4r1n3r
4 years 6 months ago

I wish the M’s ownership would take notes from the Rangers. They aren’t messing around.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Why would the Rangers go after Manny but not try to resign Vlad?

4 years 6 months ago

Because Vlad wants a full time job. Manny would be more willing to pinch hitting. Sort of what Jim Thome did last year with the Twins.

4 years 6 months ago

Considering Damon, albeit a poor fielder, is capable of playing LF and has even played some 1B, imagine the Rays signing Damon AND Manny, which is probably possible for at most $10M. Offensively that certainly has a chance to make up for Crawford and Pena’s exists, though obviously there would be a pretty large defensive drop-off.

4 years 6 months ago

Defensive drop off at first base, none at DH. The Rays need more than just Damon to boost the lineup. They’re too close to punt on a real bat.

Moolah
4 years 6 months ago

The Rays need Vlad or Manny, not Damon. Stop toying with my emotions Benjamin Nicholson-Smith!

johnnythoren3
4 years 6 months ago

Why would the Rangers go after Manny but not try to re-sign Vlad?

4 years 6 months ago

Manny gets on base a lot more, 60 OBP points better or more

4 years 6 months ago

Vlad wants an everyday job. Manny is willing to be a late inning pinch hitter.

ARod's Ring
4 years 6 months ago

WTF are you talking about? manny is not willing to be no late inning pinch hitter!

joeybw
4 years 6 months ago

This is Scott Boras 101. Story breaks about one of his clients about to sign and now the Rays are one of Manny’s top suitors as well? Yeah, I would love both but it’s not happening and it wouldn’t surprise me if we were never even close with Damon.

4 years 6 months ago

Manny + Damon > Crawford + Pena, offensively. By a decent margin.

manes86
4 years 6 months ago

Really? Would you like to explain your logic behind it, because I don’t see that at all, much less “by a decent margin”.

tigers22
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah I agree. I don’t think they are better at all… not even close. Trust me after putting up with him last year, Damon won’t help you at all. Swings the bat like a 12 year old girl

manes86
4 years 6 months ago

Haha bummer. I was hoping you’d take Damon in the first round thie year.

tigers22
4 years 6 months ago

Haha no thank you…maybe your boy Andruw Jones though, know you’d be heartbroken. Targeting a couple guys in the first round tho if they are still left.

4 years 6 months ago

We differ. Crawford > Manny + Pena + Damon

JaysFTW
4 years 6 months ago

LOL WHAT?!

chuy020
4 years 6 months ago

I really really really hope the steroid user goes to the rays we don’t need a clown in CF or RF or LF plus i really like mitch playing 1st.

$1529282
4 years 6 months ago

You really think they’d put Manny in CENTER?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

The days of Juan Gone, Pudge, Kevin Brown, AROD, and etc. must of been a hell of a show for you.

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 6 months ago

Anyone think the Rays could wind up with all three of the DHs left?

C) Jaso
1b) Vlad
2b) Zobrist
SS) Reid Brignac/Tim Beckham/Hak Ju Lee
3b) Longoria
RF) Jennings/Joyce
CF) Upton
LF) Damon/Manny
DH) Damon/Manny

joeybw
4 years 6 months ago

I would be shocked if we wind up with 2. Vlad will not be playing 1B. At absolute most we will let Damon play LF and Manny/Vlad at DH. We wont have 2 of these guys on the field and taking away playing time from Johnson and Joyce who actually work the count and smash the ball is not helping

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 6 months ago

How about Manny and Damon, and then Troy Glaus to play 1b?

joeybw
4 years 6 months ago

Nah, I mean Glaus would be a nice addition and Maddon loves the former Angels (which is why I bet he is pushing for Vlad) but that puts Manny at DH….awesome. Damon in LF….well, I can deal with it but a 3rd bat, is Glaus replacing Johnson affect the team that much? I guess as long as Joyce is in RF everyday I would be ok and that would mean Jennings would be in AAA, I am still okay with it, I am a realist though and Zobrist will play everyday and there goes Joyce’s spot. If we sign Manny and Damon, I will be very, very happy

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 6 months ago

I think it’s possible the Rays move Zobrist back to 2b this season. He has much more offensive and defensive value there anyways. That leaves RF open for a platoon of Joyce and Jennings. And I think having a LF/DH switch between Damon and Ramirez would be a great platoon for this team, despite them missing the defense of Carl Crawford. Jennings and Joyce play solid D in RF though. I think Manny would also bring fans to the stadium, as would Damon. And Glaus, when healthy, is a lock for 20 homers. Bringing in solid veterans looking for one more shot at a championship is never a bad thing.

4 years 6 months ago

I would like to have Glaus play 1b but I dont think we are going to get both manny and damon.

JaysFTW
4 years 6 months ago

I would be more shocked if the Rays got 1 of the 3. They can’t afford them!

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 6 months ago

I don’t know about that. Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena made 10MM each last season, Rafael Soriano made 7MM, and Bartlett and Garza made 7MM combined. I think Manny’s due for about 5-7MM, Damon 5-6MM, and Glaus 2MM. Even with all those, they slash around 10MM in payroll, excluding arb raises and such.

joeybw
4 years 6 months ago

Ok so why exactly is anyone believing any of this? Two Scott Boras clients still unsigned and now one is close to agreeing with 1 team, another is close with another team. One of the teams may want both or neither. Boras clients reported by Heyman leading to confusion. How many times does this happen?

4 years 6 months ago

Now I’m much more encouraged. I’d much rather us get Manny first(even though he’s a lunatic). Then perhaps if we could pick up Damon cheap too, that would be awesome. But out of the two Manny will give us much more power(most likely) and that’s really what we need with Pena leaving. Manny/Vlad first, then go after Damon.

PhishTank
4 years 6 months ago

Signing an overpaid, right-handed hitting DH seems redundant for the Rangers. They already have Michael Young.

Of course, if Mitch Moreland doesn’t end up looking like Will Clark at 1B this year (like everyone seems to think he will), this would end up looking like a very good move.

4 years 6 months ago

Based on Bill James 2011 projections: Crawford + Pena = 716 wOBA points, Manny + Damon = 732; thus, Manny + Damon > Crawford + Pena. Defense and base-stealing ability notwithstanding of course.

Tko11
4 years 6 months ago

Lol that last sentence is the deal breaker there.

tigers22
4 years 6 months ago

Plus that is a projection. I’d still take the Crawford/Pena combo any day

4 years 6 months ago

Also, keep in mind that while Manny and Damon are almost completely useless as defenders; Pena and Crawford, while excellent defensive players, play the two least critical defensive positions and are slated to make around $30,000,000 combined in 2011. Manny and Damon will almost certainly make south of 1/3 that combined.

Redsoxn8tion
4 years 6 months ago

The Rangers would definitely benefit from Manny. Hamilton

Tko11
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe they will try to recreate the Red Sox former outfield!

joeybw
4 years 6 months ago

Who played RF? Was it Drew back then? I dont think Drew was around when Damon was

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Trot Nixon

0bsessions
4 years 6 months ago

In ’05 and ’03 yes, but he spent the bulk of 2004 on the DL. Right field was manned, primarily, by Gabe Kapler with some innings going to Kevin Millar for that season.

Unfortunately, two of the three are retired and the other one just signed with the Dodgers. Looks like the Rays will have to settle for a mere 66% Red Sox outfield.

Tko11
4 years 6 months ago

Im sure Kevin Millar would come back in an instant if some team wanted him. Pretty sure he was on the Cubs last year for a little while.

neoncactus
4 years 6 months ago

As a Dodger fan living in Dallas, I would love to see the Rangers get Manny. I still believe he’s got something left in the tank, plus his presence in the lineup helps the hitters around him. And, since one of the Rangers’ colors is blue, I can still wear my Manny dreadlocks!

optionn
4 years 6 months ago

Pena hit under 200 – certainly Manny is an upgrade over that. Replace Crawford with Damon. Give em each 2 million and your done.

renegade24
4 years 6 months ago

Unless Farrell trashed him privately to AA, I really do not understand why the Jays haven’t signed Manny yet. Guaranteed .400 OBP. People spew the “negative attitude, proven steroid user” stuff all the time but the numbers speak for themselves.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

waiting for his pricetag to fall

MadmanTX
4 years 6 months ago

Ugh. No Manny. I’d rather have Milton Bradley back.

4 years 6 months ago

That’s not happening anywhere.

4 years 6 months ago

Are you on crack?

4 years 6 months ago

Manny is a bench guy. Rangers are looking to sign him as a late inning pinch hitter.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Manny isn’t gonna be a late inning pinch hitter. Must be a nice time when a bad season consists of a 900 OPS

JaysFTW
4 years 6 months ago

Are you stoned? HAHAHHAHA

4 years 6 months ago

I agree. The Rangers gave him a shot in the World Series and he blew it, at least Manny can still play the outfield from time to time.