It came as a shock to many this offseason when the A's announced they were going to officially sign Manny Ramirez. There were always rumors that Oakland may be a potential destination for Ramirez, but the signing came on the heels of the A's inking Yoenis Cespedes to quite a hefty contract.
Naturally, questions arose regarding Manny. Would he be a distraction, where were his at-bats going to come from, where's his place in the lineup? Well finally the time has come for these questions, or should I say issues, to be settled.
The A's find themselves surprisingly ahead of the Angels and Mariners at this point in the season, and a presence like Manny entering at this stage in the season could very well be a gamble. He may come in and be the force in the middle of the A's lineup that they desperately need, or he may just add unneeded and unwanted complications to a team that finds itself in the playoff hunt right now.
If the Manny experiment is going to work in Oakland, then a high level of production isn't even needed. All Manny has to do is focus on the rest of the team and not makes things about himself, but does that really sound like Manny Ramirez to you?
These are ten bold predictions for Manny's time in the green and gold this year.