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Report: The Orioles and Blue Jays have watched Manny Ramirez

Jan 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of reports that Orioles manager Buck Showalter and longtime scout Fred Ferreira watched Ramirez take batting practice shortly after the Winter Meetings. It isn’t clear whether they have legitimate interest or this was just a matter of due diligence.

4:00 PM: Manny Ramirez is scheduled to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month, but a couple teams are already getting a headstart on their evaluation process.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports (link in Spanish) that the Orioles and Blue Jays have sent scouts to watch Ramirez hit in an indoor hitting cage in Miami.

Ramirez was officially reinstated from the voluntary retirement list last month. While he was initially expected to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs, MLB has since ruled that because he sat out nearly the entire 2011 season, he’ll instead serve a 50-game penalty. However, the clock on his suspension won’t begin until he signs with a team. Not surprisingly, interest is lacking.

Ramirez turns 40 in May and considering the wealth of alternatives among aging free agent DH-types, a minor league deal is probably the best-case scenario.

  1. ratflop - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Please no. Sounds like a J.P. Ricciardi move.

  2. baseballisboring - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Manny being Manny, teehee. But…really. Good luck with that.

    • 78mu - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      If a NL team would sign him to play LF, all baseball fans outside that team would relish the entertainment value of watching Manny being Manny. I still chuckle remembering Manny cutting off the throw from Damon.

  3. Matt - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Is there really any chance he has something to contribute? Love Manny but it’s time to just…do whatever it is a Manny does.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    The Jays will not sign him.

    • pisano - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      proudly… God, I hope you’re right on this one. I understand the O’s signing him, as they’re a total mess with that owner, but not the Jay’s as they’re on the right road with some good young pitching in place. I don’t understand why any team would want this washed up cancer in their clubhouse.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM


  5. muckthefets23 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Thank god I’m a fan of a NL team that has no need for him what so ever, this guy needs to cut his losses, save whatever dignity he has left (if any) and just disappear.

    • pisano - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      I think you just about covered this horrible story very well.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I loved Manny when he was with the Sox but now he’d be nothing but a cancer in a young Jays clubhouse. They’re getting close to being contenders, they don’t need to take a step back.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      He tried to talk the Jays into signing him last season and they passed.

  7. joeflaccosunibrow - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    If the Nats get Prince Fielder and we get Prince Douche-bag, I am jumping off the Key bridge!

  8. dwick21 - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    “I don’t believe in the curse. I believe you make your own destination” – Manny Ramirez, 2004 WS MVP

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    the jays are gonig to be a 4th place team anyway, so why not sign manny? They dont have anything better in their farm system as proven by synder

    • gotnitro - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      What exactly does a 1B that can’t hit AAA pitching have to do with signing Manny? Snyder has never been a big league DH candidate.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      Harry, have you ever said or even thought of a single useful thing in your life?

  10. bigleagues - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Let’s not forget that The Duke brought Manny to Beantown. It was Duke that was convinced that Manny was returning to Cleveland only to have Manny’s agent, Jeff Moorad (yes the Padres owner) tell him the very next morning that Ramirez would be patrolling the The Wall. So obviously there is something in Duke’s approach that appealed to Ramirez the last time.

    • jwbiii - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      2001 AL $13,050,000 (4th)
      2002 AL $15,462,727 (3rd)
      2003 AL $20,000,000 (2nd)
      2004 AL $22,500,000 (1st)
      2005 AL $22,000,000 (2nd)
      2006 AL $18,279,238 (5th)
      2007 AL $17,016,381 (5th)
      2008 AL $18,929,923 (4th)

      Would appeal to me, as well.

  11. jleo78 - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    maybe milwaukee could sweep in and he could cover lf while braun takes 50 games off. Never a big Manny fan but ge undoubtably was a pujols type hitter not all that long ago. Defense on the other hand is almost as brauns while he watches from home. And he would have a brother to help him with the short left since coming over from the cubbies. I think most milwaukee fans would be happy with some cheap power while we wait but i wonder how much is cheap power going for these days? $15 mill per year at 40yrs old? or more?

    • jwbiii - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      A few things here. First, while Braun may get a suspension, Ramiez definitely has one. So he can’t cover for Braun. Second, I don’t see an NL team wanting to play him in the field. Third, that puts him in the aging DH group. Last year, they cost $4M-$8M.

  12. hammyofdoom - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    To tell the truth, he can still probably hit at least as well as Vladdy did as a DH and probably still has some value strictly as a bat, but after seeing him with the Sox as long as I did, if I EVER believed in collusion, it’d be to keep manny out of freaking MLB. There’s the whole “quit on the team” cliche, forgetting which knee hurt when he went to get an MRI, when being forced to play simply looking at 3 strikes down the middle to end a game, not giving a flying hell in the outfield, and generally being a goddamn brat. He’s a giant newborn: it’s all fun and games when he’s being quiet and just going about his business, but when he gets fussy he pitches apocalypse style fits that a team should not pay him for.

  13. tn16 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Why would anyone want him
    He is gone for

  14. henryd3rd - Jan 8, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    The Marlins should sign him. Then we can really say that the circus has come to town. Ozzie, Zambrano, Hanley and then add Manny. Wow what a picture of calm and stability. Plus he lives here in Weston FL. and he wouldn’t have far to go when he has to appear in court for that domestic battery charge on his wife.

  15. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    He would add a few butts to the seats at most staduims but the novelty would wear off quick.

  16. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    You can’t blame folks for watching Manny. His mere existence is interesting. Hell, I once spent half a day leaning on a fence rail at the Darwin Center in Puerto Ayora in the Galapagos Islands watching Lonseome George contemplating a female giant tortoise fifty years younger than himself.

    Nothing happened.

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