Please tell me the New York Daily News is wrong about this. The News is reporting this morning that the Yankees are serious about pursuing Manny Ramirez.
Here is part of what the News said.
One baseball official told the Daily News that the Yankees’ interest in Ramirez is more than cursory, that they see the slugger as the perfect complement in their lineup to Alex Rodriguez, forming a 1-2 punch like he did in Boston with David Ortiz.
The official believes that the Yankees are “going hard” after Ramirez, to the point where they are willing to give him a three-year deal worth from $22 million to $25 million per year.
Two other officials are skeptical that the Bombers would commit three years to the enigmatic Ramirez, who has already seen the Dodgers make and withdraw a two-year, $45 million offer this winter. Both of them believe the Yankees will linger in the background while agent Scott Boras works to gather offers, and if the market is limited, the Yanks will try to jump in with a two-year, $50 million package.
According to a source familiar with the Yankees’ thinking, Brian Cashman has been lukewarm to the idea of signing Ramirez, but the rest of the front office – most notably Hal and Hank Steinbrenner – believes he is precisely what the Yankees need to bolster a lineup that underachieved in 2008.
Everyone understands Manny’s talent and what a devastating force he can be in the middle of a lineup. Everyone also understands that he is a complete jackass, who can devastate a locker room for no real reason.
If Ramirez is available long enough, it seems inevitable that the Yankees make him an offer. I guess I could stomach a two-year deal, but I still wish the Yankees would do something else if they feel they need another hitter.
I know I will root for Manny to have a monstrous couple of seasons if he becomes a Yankee. I just don’t want to be in that position.