Manny Ramirez lacks buzz for the first time in his career, writes Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times. Agent Scott Boras was upfront in his conversation with Shaikin, explaining that Manny is seeking a one-year, incentive-laden deal as a designated hitter.
"It's just like Vlad Guerrero. 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."
Boras went on to explain that Manny's sports hernia was correctable, and his calf injury came from playing in the outfield.
Running through potential suitors, Shaikin notes that the Athletics "say they are not interested in Ramirez." If Guerrero stays with the Rangers, that leaves only the Tigers, Rays, Blue Jays, and perhaps Orioles in Shaikin's estimation. I should add that the Tigers prefer left-handed hitters and the Orioles may be content with Luke Scott serving as DH. Technically the Royals, Twins, and Mariners aren't locked in at DH, but they don't seem like matches for Ramirez.