Baltimore Orioles Free Agent Rumors: Is Manny Ramirez a Fit in Baltimore?
It's been an interesting weekend with two of Dan Duquette's former acquisitions have made headlines. It began with Pedro Martinez, who Duquette traded for in Montreal and Boston, announcing that he would officially retire. Now, Manny Ramirez is trying to do the opposite and come out of retirement.
Eleven years ago, Dan Duquette made headlines by signing the superstar, 28-year-old outfielder, Manny Ramirez, from the Cleveland Indians. Manny became the face of the Red Sox and was a key piece in winning the first two World Series for Boston since 1918. His career took a turn for the worse with PED accusations and a 50 game suspension and it seemed he was done when he announced his retirement on the verge of a 100 game ban.
Now, Manny is back and will likely miss the first 50 games of the season if he can convince a team to sign him. He is now 39 and his prime years are far behind him, but apparently, he feels like there is still some power left in the tank.
The question is whether or not the Orioles would want to bring Manny in after he tormented them for years and then became such a baseball pariah. It is intriguing to note that when asked about Manny's return, Dan Duquette called it "an interesting development."
Interesting developments don't always become deals, but the Orioles are looking for a right handed DH and Manny could be that guy. Unfortunately, his one hit in 17 at bats for the Tampa Bay Rays last year aren't going to have teams calling for his services.
Manny Ramirez seems to me like Terrell Owens now. He probably has some more to give and wants to play the game, but what team would want the drama associated with it? The Orioles were already linked with the Mitchell Report, so why would they want to sign one of the highest profile offenders of the last few years?
At this point, Dan Duquette's past experience with Manny, the Orioles' need for a bat and Manny's return to baseball are just three facts. There should be no link between these because the Orioles should not be going after a guy that won't see the field until June and hasn't hit a home run since 2010.
The Orioles don't need another falling star at DH after Vladimir Guerrero's lackluster year in 2011.
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