Should the Yankees Want Manny Ramirez?

Vincent JacksonCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2008

CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett have already signed with the New York Yankees, and of course, Yankee fans aren't satisfied and still want more.  They want their team to stock enough weapons to start their own personal baseball siege, but it's not like they do so every single year. 

After paying a combined $240 million for two pitchers, the Yankees are zeroing in on hitting; more specifically clutch hitting, something they have not gotten in the past few seasons.  The two key players on the Yankees' shopping list are Angels 1B Mark Teixeira and Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez.

Multiple sources are saying that Ramirez is very much interested in signing with New York.  Sources are also saying that Teixeira is close to making a decision between the Angels, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Nationals (yes, the Nationals) on possibly a blockbuster contract.  

Although the Red Sox are considered among the front-runners for the 28-year-old slugger, they will not offer him a 10-year deal, principal owner John Henry said, according to the Boston Herald and ESPN's Buster Olney. Asked if the Red Sox would rule out offering a free agent a guaranteed contract longer than any other in franchise history, Henry, without naming names, made it clear that won't happen.

If Manny does indeed go to New York (don't forget, the Mets are in this conversation as well), a few questions and red flags come up. Will the fans accept his antics, goofiness, and crazy hairstyle blending in with the all-business style of the Yankees?

Will they also be able to shake the fact that since he signed with the Red Sox back in 2001, Boston has two championships while the Yankees have none, AND that he is a notorious Yankee killer with astronomical numbers? Can they trust Manny to not quit on them when things are not going his way?

Yankee fans are used to getting what they want, but do they really want this kind of player on their team? That question will continue through the offseason.  Many also speculate that the Teixeira signing will ultimately decide where Ramirez eventually lands.