Poll: Which Team Will Sign Manny Ramirez?

Manny Ramirez‘s comeback attempt isn’t your typical feel good comeback story. He abruptly retired last April following a second failed PED test, and several of his former employers had grown tired of his Manny Being Manny act. His offensive production started to wane with age, and he never had much defensive value during his career.

Ramirez, 40 in May, is one of the best hitters of his generation however, a .312/.411/.585 career hitter with 547 doubles and 555 homers. He reached base just once (a single) in 17 plate appearances with the Rays last year before calling it quits, but his comeback attempt is sincere. He’s open to a minor league contract and was scheduled to work out for teams last month. Given his career earnings — nearly $207MM according to Baseball-Reference — it’s hard to believe Ramirez is trying to get back in the game for money.

Manny is reportedly deciding between three teams at the moment: the Athletics, Blue Jays, and Orioles. All three clubs need a DH-type bat, but he would have to serve a 50-game suspension before playing. The suspension will begin once he signs a contract. The Yankees, Rangers, and Mariners could all conceivably add a DH as well, but none of those clubs have been connected to Ramirez this offseason.


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66 Comments on "Poll: Which Team Will Sign Manny Ramirez?"


llasasso93
3 years 6 months ago

I’m kind of surprised that they Yankees have no interest considering that their looking for a cheap DH, but then again it is Manny and he does have a 50-game suspension but i’m pretty sure he will sign for very cheap.

strikethree
3 years 6 months ago

The Yankees can’t afford the bad press and negative clubhouse environment.

On paper it looks fine, but what happens when Manny decides not to show up one day? Do you see Girardi and Cashman as the type that would let things like that slide? 

I’m pretty sure the Yankees want to get away from that steroid era… it’s bad enough they have Arod on the team (to be fair, Arod’s drug usage wasn’t public at the time); adding another known steroid user would make things very uncomfortable. (you can imagine the storm of questions they’ll get from the press to EVERY player on the team)

If you look at the teams interested, they really have nothing to lose — and don’t play in the same type of media environment. Although, I don’t think Manny would be a good role model for any of the young guys on these teams. Personally, I wouldn’t hire him because of his ego and it just sends a bad message to young players and fans — that even if you have a bad personality (the guy attacked an elderly man OVER TICKETS) and even if you’re a cheater, you’ll still be allowed to play and get paid.

BirdmanRob
3 years 6 months ago

Jesus Christ Orioles, just shoot me in the face now

anthony88
3 years 6 months ago

haha I know how you feel man. quite frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign him and overpay him anyway even though he doesn’t wanna do it for the money.. 

kimofromkauai
3 years 6 months ago

Who will sign Manny?   The team with the poorest plan for 2012

anthony88
3 years 6 months ago

the Orioles most likely.. 

cubsfan97
3 years 6 months ago

Just curious, maybe it was answered earlier, but why isnt he supposed to serve 100 games for it being his second failed test?

kräftig. entschieden
3 years 6 months ago

He was, but since he “retired” and then un-retired MLB and the players’ union made a compromise.

cubsfan97
3 years 6 months ago

Thats bogus!

randomkeys
3 years 6 months ago

They figure that since he missed 145 games last season by retiring, that’s enough of a balance to half of the 100-game suspension he is serving.

3 years 6 months ago

Manny being signed will basically be proof that Bonds was blackballed right?

NickinIthaca
3 years 6 months ago

That was the first thing that popped in my mind as well…

astrostl
3 years 6 months ago

Great question.

vilifyingforce
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t remember anymore ,but, was Bonds willing to sign a deal like ManRam is rumoured to sign for?

javywoz
3 years 6 months ago

Yep, pretty sure Bonds offered to sign for league minimum at one point.

melonis_rex
3 years 5 months ago

and he wasnt suspended/coming off suspension like Manny was.

3 years 5 months ago

exactly, he said he would play for free or something like that, as blacklisted as Canseco, great exhibit of MLB power over owners, sad as well…

Grayson Gallegos
3 years 6 months ago

I hope the Cubs sign him. Just for laughs.

vincentjulian
3 years 6 months ago

 Soriano and Manny in the outfield!

anthony88
3 years 6 months ago

“Cubs to sign Manny Ramirez to a 4 yrs/$200M contract”

anthony88
3 years 6 months ago

actually make it 10 yrs..

3 years 6 months ago

The only reason to sign Manny is to boost ticket sales by having a circus instead of a baseball team.  Of the choices, which team is least likely to be a contender anyway.  Figure that out and you have your answer where he signs.

BitLocker
3 years 6 months ago

I hope it’s a AL East team. Just so that I can see him strike out.

3 years 6 months ago

Jays for the lols 

vincentjulian
3 years 6 months ago

Gotta be OriLOLes

3 years 6 months ago

Did the Dodgers ever look into taking Manny Ramirez to court for Breach of contract? As for the subject matter, I can’t believe that this is even a topic. Manny Ramirez should simply retire and go away.

PS How many years did you really do steroids Manny?

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Might lay off the Manny hammering there Lefty.. I would give good odds that he is headed to Camden yards and might be your DH next year :-)

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

i hope it is orioles.

johnsmith4
3 years 6 months ago

Not many players, at age 40, had a bounce back year in baseball.  Dave Winfield is one of the few.  He did it with Toronto in 1992 when they won their first world series.

AA has said he most likely will do a “Dave Winfield” kind of signing when he signs a free agent.  A one year deal for a middle of the order bat.

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

am i the only one hoping he comes back and tests positive again? perfect ending

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Only if he retires after testing positive again.

Shortest. Circle of life. Ever.

pastlives
3 years 6 months ago

if he tests positive again he gets banned haha

Brent Schuber
3 years 6 months ago

who would want this washed up scrub?

Pawapuro
3 years 6 months ago

I’m hoping the Marlins come out of nowhere and sign him, because that would be amazing.

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 6 months ago

Why would any team that even as a glimmer of a hope of competing consider signing someone that will miss the first 50 games of the season let alone the baggage Manny brings with him. 

TheHotCorner
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t see a contending team signing him.  But a non-contending team certainly could.  You would get some people to show up just to see Manny.  It is like a car accident.  Everyone slows down to look.

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

I wish the White Sox would have resigned Manny after last year so they wouldn’t be stuck with Adam dunn…

BravesFanForever
3 years 6 months ago

There are so many negatives why would a team want to sign him?

1. He is 40 years old. That right there is a huge negative for any potential signing.

2. He is a has-been. Not that it means he can’t still hit but his best days are way behind him. He could still be serviceable but come on, he had a terrible year last year and he faded the year before. He would have a lot to prove. Maybe he can prove it maybe he can’t. Maybe he can hit well in batting practice and then suck during the season. Even if a team signed him for $1 million and he got dumped after a month, that’s still $1 million down the drain.

3. He has to serve a 50 game suspension right after signing. Geez, as a new employee that’s like taking a vacation for the first 1/3 of the year. Unless this guy is guaranteed to be a major contributor I don’t know that I’d want to sign him.

4. He is Manny. Does a team really want to put up with his shenanigans? Does anyone want this guy when things aren’t going his way? Wow…

5. The guy can only hit and that’s it. How many DHs are there anyway? He would have to be fantastic. What about coming off the bench? Okay, maybe but what about the above 4 points? I don’t think I would want a part time player with all the baggage that this guy has.

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

“Even if a team signed him for $1 million and he got dumped after a month, that’s still $1 million down the drain.”
-this makes a lot of sense..a team signing him to a contract, then releasing him before he plays a game. its a low risk, slightly higher reward move for a team like the a’s or orioles who really have no hope of contending this year and are looking through the scraps for offense. clearly nobody expects him to hit 30/100 anymore

3 years 5 months ago

missing a point, Vlad and Maglio are both out there unsigned, do they think, money being equal, that Manny can out-produce them both?
I dont.

BravesFanForever
3 years 5 months ago

Not missing the point. The guy has a lot of baggage. Period.

GoDoyers
3 years 6 months ago

 He’s coming back to Mannywood homes.