MLB Rumors: Will the New York Yankees Really Make a Play for Manny Ramirez?

Chris EggemeyerCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Chicago White Sox walks through the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 22, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jack Curry of the YES Network tweeted recently that the Yankees are having internal discussions about picking up free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez.

What else is new?

For those of you who know anything about baseball, you know that you can always count on the Yankees to make offers to big ticket players every offseason, whether that be through trades or free agency.

Take Mark Teixeira as a great example.

At the end of the 2008 season, there were a lot of teams making a run at Teixeira, who was fresh off a phenomenal stand as a Los Angeles Angel.

The word was the Boston Red Sox were closing in on a deal with the star first baseman, when the Yankees came in and upped the deal by $15 million.

These sorts of things are typical of the Yankees.

That's why people included them in the initial trade conversations surrounding Cliff Lee this off season, and that's why they have been linked with Manny Ramirez for quite a while.

The tweet simply confirmed as fact that what had all assumed true at this point.

As for the possibility of picking up Ramirez, despite Curry saying that the chances are slim, don't count them out.

Ramirez has a long history with the Boston Red Sox, which adds a sort of vengeful tinge to the possibility, but aside from that, Ramirez is a proven All-Star, the kind of guy the Yankees would like to have.

With nine Silver Slugger awards, 12 All-Star selections, and a World Series MVP, Ramirez has a list of accolades that would fit right in with the star power on the Yankees roster.

He would provide experience in the outfield, which could be useful with younger guys like Brett Gardner.

At the end of the day, no matter how slim people say the odds are, don't count the Yankees out. They have a penchant for deep pockets, and picking up another star player would fit right in with their pattern of business, especially since they were unable to pick up Cliff Lee (which makes it even more clear that they have the money to throw around).