According to Enrique Royas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com (article in Spanish), Manny Ramirez is deciding between three teams—Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, in his pursuit to continue his career and hopefully renew his tarnished reputation in baseball.
After getting caught for using performance enhancing drugs, Ramirez was eventually suspended for 100 games. Instead of serving the suspension, Ramirez opted to retire instead of serve his suspension.
There was no running away from the suspension, though, because if Ramirez would ever want to come back to the majors, he would have to serve his suspension first. With news circulating that his suspension could be cut in half, Ramirez is trying to start his career up again.
For the Blue Jays, this move makes a ton of sense, even if its only for one year. He's a much cheaper option because of his suspension, and will be likely asking for around $1-2 million a season. Other DH candidates that a free agents include Johnny Damon and Vladimir Guerrero, both of whom are asking for more than $5 million a season
What Manny represents is protection for Jose Bautista, and a notable name for fans to come out and see.
Even though the first 50 games of the season may be a wash, Ramirez, much like the A's acquisition of DH David Justice back in 2002, represents a player nobody wanted, but could be had cheap.
The main thing Ramirez brings is his ability to get on base, which is at an alarming rate of .411 for a career average.
Last season he only had 17 at bats with Tampa Bay and only had one hit. That season can be washed away from his records.
At 39 years old, Ramirez likely has maybe one season left in the tank, and his arrival in Toronto could really boost the lineup for the season.
Adding Ramirez may also hopefully shed some doubts that have been growing amongst Jays' fans and season ticket holders, as to the Jays' managements' tight pockets lately.
Thoughts on Manny and Toronto? Does it make sense? Is it worth the risk?
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