Why Not Manny Ramirez?
I have made it clear since the departure of Jesus Montero that the Yankees need to add a legitimate hitter, advocating for Chase Headley, Seth Smith, Clint Robinson, Billy Butler & Daniel Murphy among others. However, since Cashman seems intent on signing an over-the-hill DH from the Free Agent trash heap that still remains, I have a recommendation for him. Give Manny Ramirez a look.
This article from MLB.com explains Manny’s situation as it seems Oakland is zeroing in on him:
Baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com that A’s officials recently traveled to Florida to observe Ramirez’s workouts. If the two sides reach an agreement, Ramirez would earn slightly more than the league minimum of $480,000, according to the Associated Press.
We already know all of the reasons not to sign Manny, but under the circumstances, almost all risk is mitigated. He will make absolutely nothing – available for the league minimum. And although he will face a 50 game suspension, he is permitted to play in Spring Training games and Extended Spring Training Games. So the team that signs him will get a long look at him to evaluate what he has left in the tank. If it’s nothing, he can be dropped at anytime for no cost since I don’t believe he can even collect his salary while suspended. Billy Beane may be making a wise move even though he already has plenty of options at OF and DH. Manny will be eligible around June and if he shows promise, Beane will trade him to a contender.
The potential upside in signing Manny is obvious. He was one of baseball’s best hitters of all-time and when motivated showed he could still rake hitting .311/.405/.510 in the first half of 2010 with L.A. Since then he’s been either injured or suspended and there’s a HUGE question of what he has left, considering he’s 39 (40 in May) and will likely be playing without the aid of Steroids/HGH for the first time in who knows when. But there is nothing to lose.
The Yankees have been looking for Left-handed hitters since their opening is for a DH to play vs RHP. Although Manny hits Right-handed, he has always hit both RHP & LHP very well. In 2010, he hit .307/.404/.474/.878 vs RHP and for his career is a .305/.399/.575/.974 hitter vs RHP.
The bottom line is if Manny has anything left in the tank, he would be a great addition to the Yankee lineup providing a pure hitter capable of hitting .300 with power. Since he’ll miss the first 50 games and be used in only a part-time DH role, he should be able to stay injury-free throughout the grind of the regular season and be there when they’ll need him most in October.
I still think Cashman should be looking to make a trade for some of the guys I mentioned, but at this point it seems he’s focused on the FA pool. So what do you guys think? Is Manny worth a flier?
Posted on February 19, 2012, in Hot Stove, Personal Opinion, Signing & Trade Speculation and tagged Billy Butler, Chase Headley, clint robinson, Daniel Murphy, Manny Ramirez, Seth Smith. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.