An Even 500: The New York Yankees Should Get Manny Ramirez

Nate DeleonCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2009

I honestly don't know what the New York Yankees are waiting for.

The Yankees have spent $423.5 million in salaries for arguably the three biggest free agents available: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Teixeira.

There is absolutely no point in being cheap now. Go get the fourth biggest name who is still out there, Manny Ramirez.

While Manny's antics and potential for disruption are well documented, there is no question about his talent. He is still one of the most feared hitters in the game. He is very patient at the plate and can drive anything out of the ballpark.

This is a future Hall of Famer with a winning track record as evidenced by his huge role in two Boston Red Sox world championships, who is still sitting there.

The Yankees need to pounce. A two-year deal worth $50 million with incentives built in should do the trick. Plus the Yankees offer something even more enticing: 19 games against the Red Sox.

Wouldn't Manny, who is from nearby Washington Heights, relish at the opportunity to stick it to Boston? If nothing else, he'd be hell bent on beating them. And a motivated Manny Ramirez is a devastating thought for opposing pitchers. Just look at how he carried the Dodgers into the playoffs and throughout.

Aside from his anger at the Red Sox, can you imagine the heart of that lineup? A-Rod, Teixeira, and Ramirez would create so many problems, along with everyone else in the lineup. Opposing starting pitchers will be on high pitch counts by the fifth inning, if not earlier.

During the Mark Teixeira news conference, none of the Yankee executives would definitively state that they were done making any major moves. That gave me the impression that they are considering (secretly) signing Manny, in particular.

Yes, bringing Manny Ramirez on board can create the potential for trouble, which is why the Yanks should only sign him to a short-term deal. But in my opinion, the rewards outweigh the risks. He is a hall-of-fame hitter, and he is angry at the Red Sox.

Those reasons are good enough for me. Everyone already hates us, so we might as well embrace our status as the "Evil Empire." There is no point in being cheap now. The Yankees need to get Manny Ramirez.