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December 17, 2008 at 10:29 am ET
Noooooooooo! Please, not Manny!

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.

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7 Responses to “Noooooooooo! Please, not Manny!”
  1. Jeff says:

    I’m with ya Ed, this seems like a bad idea. If they want a hitter I’d rather they give a huge contract to Teixeira.

  2. FrankDiscussion says:

    Just two words: Adam Dunn.

  3. Jeff says:

    ….or Adam Dunn.

  4. mikew says:

    I don’t understand how the Yankees could be “interested” in Manny and not so interested in Tex. The money for the first 3 or 4 years is about the same so what seems to be the problem is the next 4 or 5 years? But even at the end of an 8 year contract Tex will be younger than Manny when his contract ends. And Tex does not bring the baggage that Manny brings. And Tex is a plus defensively whereas Manny is a big minus. So why is many so attractive to the Yankees? And if the Yankees can afford Manny then why not be an aggressive bidder for Tex? Four years from now there will be other large contracts that will come off the books.

    So … like I said … I just do not understand.

  5. Elwood says:

    Oh my god, my team is so rich that it can sign all the best pitchers AND best hitters! But I like one better than another! Waaa, waaaaa!!!!

    Stop whining, you Yankee-fan dolts.

  6. Ed Valentine says:

    mikew, i hear you on this. I think part of it might be the long contract Tex would require, but i’m just not sure.

  7. FrankDiscussion says:

    In case anyone hasn’t read it yet, Buster Olney made an excellent point regards signing Manny…

    (begin quote)

    Hereā€™s something any executive thinking about signing Manny should consider before giving him a multiyear deal: If he gets a two-, three- or four-year deal, it probably will represent the last big-money contract he will receiveā€”and what exactly will compel him to play hard for the duration of the deal?

    Once Manny signs his next big-money deal, the financial carrot that seemed to drive him in August and September will be gone, so an employer who gives him a multiyear deal will be wholly dependent on his competitive integrity.

    Good luck with that

    (end quote)

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