Any Room for Manny Teixeira?

john landriganContributor IDecember 23, 2008

Free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira signed today with the New York Yankees, making it official that the Yankees spend lots of money. Super-agent Scott Boras, however, still has another client who has yet to be made a "serious" offer by anyone.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced, after the Teixeira signing, that they had no interest in free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez. Boras seems to have insulted the Dodger owner, Frank McCourt, with the "serious" slight, so that bridge may also be burned.

Washington might make a play for Manny just to get noticed, but I doubt it. Teams hearing three years and $75 million are unlikely to sign a player with Ramirez's history. Teams probably won't offer a one-year deal, foreseeing Manny grousing all year and torpedoing a season. This would result in an inevitably whiny and noisy retirement, much like the one that Barry Bonds is having.

Personally, I would love to see Manny sue Boras for the incompetent advice to void his contract, but logical deduction has never been his strong point.