Manny Ramirez is looking for one last run in the big leagues.
The Texas Rangers have signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal with their Triple-A affiliate. Ramirez will be activated in a few days, will cut his hair to comply with team policy, and hope for a chance to latch on for one more run in the big leagues.
This season, Ramirez aws in Taiwan with the EDA Rhinos where he hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games. His three-month contract expired and he’s hoping for a chance to get called up by the Rangers.
I don’t know how much he has in the tank. With the Oakland Athletics last year, he couldn’t generate enough consistent power in Triple-A to warrant a call-up. The A’s didn’t have room for him as a DH as the team was platooning Brandon Moss and Chris Carter at the time as well as rotating their outfield. If Ramirez wants to get called up, he has to hope that the Rangers DH situation would warrant such a move.
Does Ramirez offer the Rangers much? I don’t know if he does but it’s a low risk, high reward situation for the Rangers. And Ramirez is full of surprises, so maybe he has one more “Manny being Manny” moment left in him.
Get your popcorn ready Oakland A’s fans because we’re in for a treat this year. With the A’s signing Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal, the ballclub is preparing themselves for a potential circus act in the 2012 season.
First, Ramirez has to pass the physical, make the roster and serve his 50-game suspension before even making any impact for the A’s this year.
But after all that’s said and done, the team’s $500,000 investment will attract fans to the stadium and whether or not the A’s are winning, it’s going to be must-see baseball.
I'm indifferent about the A's signing this guy.
The news for the Oakland A’s right now is that they are interested in Magglio Ordóñez for a potential spot for the open designated hitter position. This comes a few days after it was reported that the A’s and Orioles are also in serious discussion with Manny Ramirez.
This is a very strange situation because the A’s already have a loaded outfield, so they know that if they sign either Ordóñez or Ramirez, they would serve only as the designated hitter. Ordóñez would be an OK second option, but I think Ramirez is the one to consider.
On one hand, he can help bring ticket sales and could still be a reliable hitter despite having a terrible last few years. But then again, would the A’s want to deal with the 50-game suspension and potentially welcome a disaster to their locker room?