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Manny Ramirez Waiver Plot



By Mike Silva ~ August 26th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

Anytime Manny Ramirez has been available the plot is always complicated. Everyone remembers the Sox putting him on waivers after the 2003 season hoping someone would claim him. A year later he was the World Series MVP, yet the Mets and Red Sox flirted with a potential deal to bring him to New York. It appeared nearly done at the trading deadline in 2005, but the Sox never could pull the trigger. Eventually they did, in 2008, sending him to Los Angeles and seeing him rediscover (surprise) his Hall of Fame stroke. Now the Dodgers want to rid themselves of Manny, but the waiver process is anything but clear. This is where the Yankees come into play.

All signs indicate the White Sox are the team most aggressively pursuing Ramirez. Of course, he hasn’t cleared waivers yet. Assuming none of the National League clubs will claim Ramirez- remember he’s played only four games since June – it very well could come down to the Yankees, Texas, or Rays dictating where Ramirez will end up.

Chicago might take a chance on letting Ramirez go through the waiver process so they wouldn’t have to pay the entire $4 million owed this season. If Ramirez cleared, than any team could negotiate the Dodgers taking on salary in a deal. The thought of Ramirez going to Texas, Tampa, or even Chicago should concern the Yankees. The last time Ramirez was given a fresh start he put up an OPS of 1.232 for the Dodgers. Imagine dealing with “Manny Being Manny” in a short series? He could beat the Yankees all by himself.

That is why I will once again propose the Yankees claim Ramirez to accomplish one of two things: First, keep him away from the competition, and also try to work some sort of deal out for themselves. Who knows, perhaps Hiroki Kuroda could be in the package as well despite denials from the Yankees about their lack of interest. Let’s face it, Lance Berkman is no Manny and you could argue that Ramirez at full strength would become the best hitter in the Yankees lineup.

I believe the Yankees will have an opportunity to claim Ramirez because none of the other teams want to risk taking on the entire salary. It wasn’t that long ago the Yanks claimed a washed up Jose Canseco to keep him away from the Red Sox. Claiming Ramirez is a lot different since he, unlike Canseco, still has game left, especially as a DH in the American League.

Put some juice into the rest of the season, claim Manny, and take away some steam from Tampa, Texas, and Chicago. It will be worth it for the Yankees.

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17 Responses to Manny Ramirez Waiver Plot

  1. Keeping it real

    Manny is too wild for Yankees, he would never shave or get rid of the dred-locks. Yankees are clean looking players, they don’t need his drama, and big over the top arrogant ego.

  2. kir

    Manny is too wild for Yankees, he would never shave or get rid of the dred-locks. Yankees are clean looking players, they don’t need his drama, and big over the top arrogant ego.

  3. Mike

    Who gives a rats ass about Manny Ramirez.

  4. ben

    too wild?

    30 games n the playoffs. not like ur signing him for 5 yrs

    bring him in

  5. Matt Phelps

    he would not act up pinstripes, even manny knows better than that…and really hes older now and grew up in nyc so i think he’d realize he has a chance to win a ring with the yanks and be in the eye of the baseball world once again. he’d eat that up

  6. Stu B

    But without being able to juice up, he may be about through as a consistent hitter…

  7. JP

    Manny is not too wild for the Yanks. He will change his look and attitude in a minute to be on this championship team. He is from the Bronx I believe, and grew up a Yankee fan. It would be his dream team to play on. And, it would be a welcome bat in the line up just in time for our run to 28. Bring him on! I would love to see him send one over the green monster in pinstripes!

  8. stan weinberger

    Of course it is”all about winning for the Yankees” and if that is so bringing Manny to the Yankees will bring victory to our guys in the playoffs and the World series. It would solve the DH problem for 2010 and probably for the next few years
    Yes its all about winning

  9. Dave Musky

    Ouch! Manny?? I guess we did sign Johnnie D so using Manny for a few games for a push to the playoffs can’t be all that bad, could it? To have him aboard to beat BoSux would be priceless, eh?

  10. Mark Turner

    Ramirez is a nasty, greasy, slob who has no sense of team, family, or loyalty. The Steinbrenner brothers and Cash know this is not a good marriage. Send him to Tampa, Texas, or Timbucktwo. It won’t matter. Yanks will beat whoever they run up against without this pig.

  11. DB

    “I would love to see him send one over the green monster in pinstripes!”

    In Boston he wouldn’t be in pinstripes, just on-the-road gray.

  12. Karen W.

    I would rather LOSE than see that piece of garbage in pinstripes.

  13. Anthony Rolon Ortiz

    I think its an awesome idea to bring Manny to The Bronx, but the only issue I see is that they will be bringing in another aging veteran. Don’t get me wrong he’s still a good player but the Yankees need younger and hungry players to continue what legacy has been created by The Four Horsemen – Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and of course The Captain Derek Jeter. Though it would be nice but not needed.

  14. Anthony Rolon Ortiz

    I think its an awesome idea to bring Manny to The Bronx, but the only issue I see is that they will be bringing in another aging veteran. Don’t get me wrong he’s still a good player but the Yankees need younger and hungry players to continue what legacy has been created by The Four Horsemen – Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and of course The Captain Derek Jeter. Though it would be nice but not needed. I just believe we need to build from within the organization

  15. Clint McClain

    The Yankees are the class of baseball and Manny has always been a sloppy lazy over achiever. The combination of the two would be like oil and water, just won’t work, not to mention there has to be some bad blood between some of the Yankees and Manny. He hasn’t put up very good numbers ever since the league finally made him quit steroids so why would they want that long haired bum!

  16. Fernando Sanchez

    Who need Manny? We don’t want Manny Ramirez in NY…Manny and Pedro they are the enemy….so’ Manny don’t even think…
    I don’t think Jeter is going to let Manny to come to NY

  17. Anthony C

    You guys are a joke!!! for all you manny haters. read the article manny would be the best hitter in the yankees line-up. lets not talk about “juice” look at a-rod juice head himself… f**k all you manny haters. He will go down in history as one of the greatest bats in mlb history!!!

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