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Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays interested in Manny Ramirez

Jan 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays are among “at least five teams” to express interest in Manny Ramirez, which is a surprise given how little speculation has surrounded him publicly throughout the offseason.

Rojas writes that Ramirez has been training in Arizona in an effort to show he can still be used in left field in addition to designated hitter. Or as Google amusingly translates Rojas’ story from Spanish to English: Ramirez is preparing “to work in the gardens if necessary.”

Garden work or not, Ramirez will likely need to wait until Jim Thome chooses a home for 2011, because the Twins and Rangers are said to be bidding on Thome and he’s the biggest DH domino to fall in front of guys like Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero, and Johnny Damon.

Ramirez was a non-factor for the White Sox down the stretch after they claimed him off waivers from the Dodgers, but still hit .298 with a .409 on-base percentage and .460 slugging percentage in 90 games overall last season, which is good for an .870 OPS that ranked 10th among all outfielders and designated hitters with 300 or more plate appearances.

UPDATE: You can cross the Twins off the Ramirez list, as they’ve re-signed Thome. And now that everyone’s top DH target is off the market, interest in Guerrero and Ramirez should pick up.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    I think Manny would be a great fit with the Twins, if he’s legitimately motivated to earn himself one last big payday next offseason.

    He could be in a DH-platoon with Kubel and spell Delmon Young in LF without a whole lot of drop-off defensively, sorry Delmon, it’s true.

    The Twins don’t have a lot of right handed punch and it’d be nice to add a Manny or Vlady at what figures to be a cheaper price than Thome and his left-handed bat in an already lefty-heavy lineup.

  2. Panda Claus - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Boras poo polishing machine must’ve been running all night if this is even remotely true. This guy was by most accounts an undesirable hot potato but now we’re to believe the climate has suddenly changed?

    More likely SB has been pushing faux-interest leaks in order to drum up interest for his stable of clients with diminishing value.

    Now that his number #1 client is off the boards, Manny must be next in line.

    No question that Ramirez probably still has some talent, but if I’m a GM I go for the less-volatile Guerrero or Thome first.

    On the other hand, Tampa might really want Sideshow Manny to sell some tickets at the Empty Dome and perhaps Boras is mentioning other teams to drive up the Rays bid higher than the buck-fifty they would probably offer.

  3. hep3 - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    The best place to add Manny is the voluntarily retired list.

  4. dodger88 - Jan 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    At the right price, Manny is the type of player either the Jays or Rays should sign. Both could contend this year if either the Red Sox or Yanks struggle. In fact each team in the AL East has both upside and question marks. What will allow for some team like the Jays or Rays to upset the balance is if they take a chance on some one like Manny who could put up some large numbers. While doubt Manny has much left, if he takes only a few million it is always possible he surprises everyone with one more offensive run.

  5. BC - Jan 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Is there a Mystery Team involved?

  6. proudlycanadian - Jan 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Cross the Blue Jays off the list. They do not need a DH. Manny tried to lobby them earlier in the off season and they gave him the cold shoulder.

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