MLB Rumors: Could Manny Ramirez Help the New York Yankees?
Future Hall of Famer Manny Ramirez is still a free agent as of right now. He is going to be looking to find another team for the 2011 season, and the New York Yankees could be the right home for the 38-year-old slugger.
His hitting would benefit almost any team, and it's rumored that the Yankees could be after him.
Here are some reasons why Ramirez could or couldn't end up with the Yankees.
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Of course his hitting would be beneficial for the Yankees. He is a slugger.
He has a career batting average of .313 and has hit 555 home runs throughout his career. He has proven that he still has his bat and can still hit the ball.
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This is a problem with the Yankees getting Manny. Do they really need him? They have already announced that they plan to start the transition of Jorge Posada to designated hitter.
The longtime catcher Posada is nearing the end of his career but can still hit the ball, so he has pretty well secured the DH spot this season.
Fielding Isn't the Greatest
Manny has never been known as a great fielder. Sure, he can still play outfield, but he isn't as fast as he used to be, and his work ethic isn't great—though that hasn't ever stopped the Yankees before.
Would Be Antagonistic
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The Yankees are famous for just trying to make the Red Sox mad, and this would just be another move to complete that criteria for the season.
Signing the former fan favorite would just be another slap in the face to the Sox organization, although it would not have the merit it did if it had happened a few years ago.
The Dreads Would Have to Go
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Manny would have to shave his dreads if he were to sign with the Yankees. I just don't see this happening.
The dreads have become a staple of Ramirez's personality, and it would just be weird seeing him without them now.
It Just Isn't the Right Fit
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This just doesn't seem like the right fit for the Yankees. Ramirez has proven more of a problem lately than an actual solution.
His off-the-field drama should just lead the Yankees away from him.