Just Do It Yankees: Sign Manny Ramirez!

Erik DianaCorrespondent INovember 19, 2008

Enough is enough! If you're the New York Yankees, you have to sign Manny Ramirez. You have approximately $80 million of payroll freeing up; use some of it to grab Manny Ramirez. If truly the goal for the Yankees is a championship every year, this is a must!

The Yankees will not and cannot practice frugality now that their farm system doesn't look as good as advertised. If they have any guts whatsoever, they'll sign Manny Ramirez and in the process show their middle finger to the rest of Major League Baseball, especially the hated Red Sox.

Imagine how despised Manny would be in Boston if he went to the Yankees. Imagine if he hit a walkoff home run off of Jonathon Papelbon at Fenway in September. Imagine how heated the rivalry between the Yanks and Sox would be if this would happen.

Major League Baseball needs the Yankees and Red Sox rivalry to be more heated, to be more dramatic. Manny would make A-Rod look lovable to Sox fans. This has to happen!

Sorry, but I don't care about the Rays and White Sox getting into it next year. I want to see Manny in pinstripes, trotting leisurely around the basepaths after he crushes a Papelbon fastball over the Green Monster. How can MLB not root for this? Major League Baseball will never admit this, but they need the Yankees to be hated!

What would be a bigger middle finger to the Red Sox and the rest of Major League Baseball than for the Yankees to get Manny Ramirez, CC Sabathia, Derek Lowe, and A.J. Burnett? The Steinbrenner boys could make their pops proud and just go full speed ahead and really go hog wild!

The reason to sign Manny is simple: the Yankees offense, as constructed, is unreliable to say the least. Do Yankees fans really want to see A-Rod struggle again with RISP and leave a ton of runners on base?

The Yankees aren't going to go after Teixeira (which is a mistake!). So let Manny and A-Rod bat in the third and fourth spots and stick it to the Red Sox 19 times a year. What could be better than that?

With Manny Ramirez in the lineup, all the sudden the Yankees' offense looks a lot better than it was supposed to be in 2004. Even in Sheffield's heyday with the Yankees, he was no Manny Ramirez! The Yankees have nine years and approximately $245-255 million tied in A-Rod; they can get a lot more mileage out of him with a Manny Ramirez in the lineup!

Do you remember how scary Ortiz and Manny were? Ortiz wasn't the same without Manny after he left. Even A-Rod might not be able to comprehend the pitches that he would see because Manny's presence in the lineup. Now, as constructed, who's there that can adequately protect A-Rod? Nick Swisher? Nope! Abreu is most likely not coming back, so he can't. A-Rod needs Manny more than ever now.

Imagine Damon, Jeter, A-Rod, and Manny as the one-through-four-spots in the lineup. Three out of those four have championship pedigree. Two of those four have multiple World Series rings, and also Jeter and Manny have World Series MVPs. It's amazing to think what those four could do together. No pitcher in the world would want to pitch to that part of the lineup!

Now, I know what people are thinking: The Yankees already have a terrible left fielder who's going to occupy the DH spot in Matsui. So there's no room for him is the argument. Sure, they do! How about the Yankees just dumping Hideki Matsui altogether?

Seriously, it's time for the Matsui era to end! He's only going to cost $13 million to dump. I know that seems insane to say that's cheap, but the Yankees have made a lot more costly moves (remember Carl Pavano.) Matsui can't stay healthy at this phase in his career either. Matsui has missed significant time the last three years. His four year, $52 million deal he signed after the 2009 season looks like a wash to say the least.

And is Matsui really much better defensively than Manny? Nope! Remember his throw in Game Six of the 2003 ALCS? That ranks right up there with any blunder Manny has ever had in the field.

And with his bad knees, he'll only regress more and more. He'll be even a bigger liability on the basepaths as well. Damon plays a good left; leave him there and let Manny just concentrate on hitting!

Now, is Matsui much more professional and a better teammate than Manny? Yes, yes he is! Remember though, when the Yankees acquired Roger Clemens in 1999, people thought he was a jerk. So, there could be hope. But, very little hope if any.

Does Manny have some serious image problems to repair? Yes he does! But, the Yankees would tolerate the Manny Circus if he can produce in the postseason the way he did the last few years. Who has produced like that for the Bombers in the postseason? Nobody for a while! And even Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman would have to accept that.

If the Yankees are serious about putting together a championship team together, like they say they are, they should sign Manny Ramirez. It's time to get rid of Matsui. It's time for the Yankees to make cut-throat decisions and have the guts to go out and make a risky move. Plus, Cashman, at this point in time, needs to stick to the Red Sox and his teacher, Theo Epstein. 

If the Yankees have any balls, they sign Manny, and in the process stick their middle finger up to the Red Sox. Major League Baseball needs the Yankees to be hated and a juggernaut again.

Manny is one of the steps to get that again!