With the recent news that the A's have signed Manny Ramirez, I couldn't help but get a little excited. It's a classic A's deal with the contract reportedly worth no more than $500K.
It reminds me of other low-risk signings the A's have made in the past few years, such as Frank Thomas and Hideki Matsui.
Now, why should I be excited about the Ramirez signing?
It's because he has a big name, a lot of power and a larger-than-life personality. These are all things that the A's have been sorely missing.
It'll be interesting to see how the move plays out. O.co Coliseum has notoriously been a pitcher's park and a tough place to hit. This is in part why the A's seemingly always have a great pitching staff but little in the way of an offense.
Remember the Matt Holliday trade? Now that was something to get excited about. We're talking about an All-Star hitter in the prime of his career. The funny thing is that he had one of the worst hitting seasons of his career as an Athletic.
In 93 games with the A's, his average dipped to .286. After he was shipped off to St. Louis, his average spiked, and in 63 games with the Cardinals he hit for a .353 average. The 2009 season was also the only year in recent memory that he missed the All-Star game. Between 2006 and 2011, that was the only year he wasn't selected.
So, I have tempered my expectations for what Manny can actually do. But, just the potential of having his power-bat in the lineup is something to get excited about.
In truth, a lot of this excitement stems from the recent Yoenis Cespedes signing. Before these two signings, there was absolutely nothing to be excited about. In fact, I was ready to boycott the A's.
The A's have a long history of trading away young players in their prime, and this offseason was no exception. Young pitchers Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and former ROTY Andrew Bailey all said goodbye to the Green and Gold this year.
Now, let's not kid ourselves. Signing a soon-to-be 40-year-old Manny Ramirez isn't going to solve this club's woes. Angels fans are saying: "Oh, you got Manny Ramirez? That's nice. We just got Albert Pujols."
And we all know not to become too attached to Cespedes. (Holliday wasn't even around for a full year, before he was traded for, you guessed it, more prospects.)
But now, with the Ramirez signing, I'll at least consider going to an A's game this season.