Mets Should Sign Ramirez
They say if you live long enough, you become everything you hate. I'm about to write something I never thought I'd write.
I've always been about winning with home-grown players and good guys. I like the Ty Wiggintons and the Dan Murphys and Jon Nieses and guys like Mike Jacobs. I never liked the Pedros and the Vince Colemans and the Bobby Bonillas.
These last two seasons have been brutal. I blame Willie Randolph for a lot of it.
Winning the division in 2009 will not be enough. Winning the NL will not be enough. There's only one acceptable outcome for 2009, and it involves a brand new flag being raised at Corporate Bailout Taxpayer Field in April, 2010. The Mets must win the World Series.
This team has a few holes in it, and one of the big holes is in left field. One of the greatest hitters of all time is sitting at home looking for a job. Yes, he's a jerk. Yes, it will turn the Mets' clubhouse into a zoo. Yes, he'll mail it in some days. But I have to believe that Manny Ramirez mailing it in is going to be better than Tatis/Murphy/whoever.
It pains me to write this but I want the Mets to sign Manny Ramirez to a one-year contract.
Yes, they will overpay. Yes, the offer will make Manny surly. However, I can't ignore how much better it would make the lineup. Having some combination of David Wright, Carlos Beltran, and Ramirez in the middle of the order would make for some great innings.
One thing that gets overlooked in free agent signings is the non-baseball benefit the teams receive. CC Sabathia and A-Rod are television programming. People will tune it to see if Madonna is in the stands. Drop the Manny Ramirez Show on SNY six nights a week and your ratings will go up, even if it's a disaster. The Mets will sell a few t-shirts and jerseys. There will be a buzz at the new park. It will help heat up this good-for-baseball new rivalry with the Phillies. The Manny Ramirez Show will be must-see TV. Sign him for a year.
There, I said it. I'm a horrible person. I've lost my way. I might as well go out and buy a black Ramirez jersey and move my bank accounts to Citibank.