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Will anyone sign Manny? He’s perhaps one of the Top 5 hitters in all of Major League Baseball, but here in late January, Manny is unsigned and does not have a clear destination.
The Mets became the latest team to shy away from Ramirez, who was Ruthian last season after his trade to the Dodgers. Manny hit .396 with 17 HRs and 53 RBI in just 53 games with L.A. He threw in 14 doubles and 35 walks to push his OBP to .489 and his slugging percentage to near .800. So why is he unsigned?
Well…he often refused to play in games with the Sox, he pushed down the team’s eldery travel secretary, and he slapped Kevin Youkilis off the side of his head, among a growing amount of problems. The guy has serious character issues, and his effort has come into question numerous times.
So, where else can Manny go?
He played here last year and Joe Torre is capable of corralling superstars with head problems (see: A-Rod, Kevin Brown, Jason Giambi) for a while. Manny thrived here so why not take a look?
Manny would definitely sign with the Giants because it’s a relaxed fan environment on a crappy team. He can just enjoy his paycheck and continue to build on his Hall of Fame stats. He’s already won two World Series, so I guess what’s the point of winning? As long as a team is willing to give you $20 million-plus, then it makes sense.
The Yankees always are around. They have exclusive rights to a final offer with any Scott Boras clients, and you have to think they might not be satisfied with an outfield of Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, Xavier Nady, and Hideki Matsui (who will DH).
Signing Manny would also severely irk the Red Sox and bring Manny back to the division he dominated for eight years. Can you imagine the A-Rod, Teixeira, Manny 3-4-5 in the middle of the Yankees’ order. I’d be willing to anoint the Yankees the AL East title if they grab Manny.