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Rangers “going after” free agent slugger Manny Ramirez

Jan 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland Reuters

On Thursday, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes filed a report claiming that free agent Manny Ramirez would likely sign with a new team by the beginning of next week.  Now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting that the Rangers are “going after” him.

A couple of other clubs have been linked to Ramirez, including the Angels, Blue Jays and Rays.  But Anaheim may prefer to give Vladimir Guerrero another try and the Rays are nearing an agreement with Johnny Damon.  If the Rangers really want Manny, Toronto looks to be their only competition.

And the Jays haven’t been overly aggressive to this point.

The Rangers committed to starting Michael Young at DH when they signed a big free agent deal with third baseman Adrian Beltre earlier this winter, but they can get Young more action at first base and move Mitch Moreland to a part-time role if Ramirez is brought aboard.

Manny posted a strong .870 OPS across 320 total plate appearances last season between the Dodgers and White Sox.  He still has some power and it could be showcased well at the Ballpark in Arlington if the 38-year-old is truly motivated.  He currently boasts a .315/.418/.486 career line at the cozy stadium.

  1. phukyouk - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    “Going after”? im pretty sure you dont have to “go after” manny. just tell him that there is a spare bottle of estrogen in the trainers room. he will come to you.

  2. Panda Claus - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Where there’s smoke, there’s Boras.

  3. apbaguy - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    I like Damon to the Rays because he’s an Orlando guy, and he’s always been a positive force in the clubhouse and community. Manny to the Rangers seems more like a move borne of frustration. The Rangers failed to land their main target, Cliff Lee, and there are real and significant questions about Beltre’s potential in his off-contract year. Manny’s OBP last year was sterling at .406, it was his slugging that declined (to .480). That’s still not bad. But his petulance will be a liability if the team’s performance (especially the rotation) regresses. Maybe they think that he’ll be easy to trade at the deadline. Hard to know. It’s a high risk move for them. Wash is great with players, but today’s Manny may be asking too much of any manager.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      I can just see the press conference by Damon if the Rays do sign him. It will go something along the lines of “…this is where I always wanted to play, really. Even when I was with the Sox, Yankees and Tigers. I always hoped the Rays would sign me, honestly.”

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    “Manny posted a strong .870 OPS across 320 total plate appearances last season between the Dodgers and White Sox. He still has some power and it could be showcased well at the Ballpark in Arlington if the 38-year-old is truly motivated. He currently boasts a .315/.418/.486 career line at the cozy stadium.”

    WHAT????!?!?!?!?! This is extremely misleading. He posted a .739 ops, in 88 plate appearances with the Sox. He had a whopping two extra-base hits and two RBIs. Of course I think he can still hit for power with some focus and ambition, but c’mon, he was ATROCIOUS for the White Sox.

    • Drew Silva - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      88 plate appearances — such a small sample size. Just because he failed in a short look with the White Sox last season, doesn’t mean he will fail in a full year with Texas.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

        I do agree that his power would likely be better showcased in Arlington. It will be interesting to see if Arlington can handle Manny.

  5. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    He’d basically be last year’s Vlad for the Rangers, except slightly less inept (only slightly) if they put him in the field once in a while. What the heck, throw 2 years, $18mil at him and see if you can nab him.

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