With a rehabilitation assignment approaching later this week, Manny Ramirez is nearly ready to return from a calf injury that has sidelined him for nearly a month.
While his return may be anticipated; his days in Dodger blue could be numbered, as the the likelihood of him being traded is still very high.
If a move is imminent, there are a handful of destinations that could prove to be a good fit for the veteran slugger. Many of suitors would likely be contenders that could use some extra pop in the lineup.
One team that fits that criteria and would definitely benefit from Manny's services is the Tampa Bay Rays. Currently leading the AL Wild Card race, the Rays seem to be willing to push the envelope to do whatever they can to win the AL East, and the 2010 World Series.
If they acquired Manny Ramirez, he would certainly be an intricate piece of the Rays playoff puzzle, and a very smart acquisition.
Here are the five biggest reasons that the Rays take a risk and bring Manny in for their playoff push.