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Manny Ramirez in the Bronx?



By Mike Silva ~ December 23rd, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.


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In recent months I have proposed the Mets and Yankees should take a look at Ramirez. Back in August, the White Sox claimed Ramirez off waivers at a time where I suggested the Yankees should do the same. It didn’t help Chicago as Ramirez had only 1 homer and 2 RBI in 88 plate appearance, but that could have been a result of a groin injury that he recently had offseason surgery to correct. Ramirez is a risk, but one that might come very cheap considering his off year and the injury. If he could be signed for a contract for one year, and about $4 million plus incentive why not give it a try?

This signing would have a better upside than Johnny Damon who is left handed. In a lineup that features Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson, Ramirez could occasionally play left field, and DH. If healthy, he is a better hitter than Jorge Posada, and I predict a homecoming would give Ramirez the motivation to squeeze whatever baseball life is left in that body.

Just two years ago he had 19 homers, 63 RBI, and a .949 OPS for Los Angeles in just 104 games. In 2008 he hit .396 for the Dodgers and drove in 53 runs in 53 games after being traded from Boston. Most important, he performed at a high level during the Dodgers postseason runs.

Curry seemed skeptical that a deal ultimately will be struck between Ramirez and the Yankees. If Brian Cashman doesn’t land a big name starting pitcher – and right now that seems unlikely- beefing up the offense with the likes of a Manny Ramirez, and collecting bullpen arms is a good Plan B.

You very well could steal and elite hitter for a good value. How does a middle of the order of Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Robinson Cano sound?

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6 Responses to Manny Ramirez in the Bronx?

  1. John

    Manny hitting behind Arod instead of Cano? Can’t be serious right? Sorry but you didn’t hit one of the best hitters in the game 6th. Especially with a guy like Manny hitting in front of him who is way passed the hitter he once was

  2. Stu B

    Manny can’t play much in the OF anymore, so what happens to Posada most days and ARod, Teixeira, et al on days they need to DH for a break from playing in the field?

  3. Manuel cabral

    If manny come to the Yankees it would be my mejor moment as a Yankees fan for over 30′s year and another energy the team need in this moment. Manuel cabral (Jesuito).

  4. Mike Silva

    Stu

    I don’t think Posada has the upside of Ramirez. If healthy and motivate the guy can flat out hit. I think combining that, and the fact he will be finishing his career at home, will make for a bounce back year.

    With that said, it appears unlikely this union will happen. Although the inactivity of the offseason may force the Steinbrenner’s to make a splash. I would bet a years salary that George would sign Manny if he was still around.

    As for John’s comment, I think Ramirez would hit higher than Cano against LHP. This is not a knock on Cano, just how good a Yankees lineup can be. Right now A-Rod/Ramirez get the nod over Robbie. Although another season like 2010 and that could change.

  5. Manuel cabral

    Manny Ramirez in the Bronx = Yankees 28 world series in 2011.

  6. Stu B

    Not without better pitching, Manuel – that’s just wishful thinking.

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