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The Athletics are “very interested” in Manny Ramirez

Jan 20, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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Athletics general manager Billy Beane said during the Winter Meetings last month that he would prefer to go younger at designated hitter this season, but despite having a number of internal options, things might not work out that way.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes Los Angeles was told by a source (link in Spanish) that Oakland is “very interested” in Manny Ramirez, who is currently preparing for his comeback attempt in Miami.

We learned a couple of weeks ago that the Orioles and Blue Jays sent scouts to watch Ramirez take batting practice. Rojas was told that while Baltimore “liked” what they saw, the A’s are the team showing the most interest, despite the fact that they haven’t actually seen him in person yet. The 39-year-old is expected to hold a workout for interested teams before the end of the month, so if Rojas’ source is correct, they’ll presumably take a look at him within the next few days.

If or when Ramirez signs with an MLB team, he’ll have to serve a reduced 50-game suspension for his second positive PED test before being eligible to play during the regular season. However, he would be allowed to suit up during spring training.

  1. dgrindsports - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Manny Ramirez back in the MLB…kind of funny. Who would want Manny at 38 years old and suspended for 50 games for cheating. Why? Just dumb. Billy Beane dumb.

    For all things sports, google Daily Grind Sports

    • hackerjay - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Because there is no downside to it. He’s not going to cost much, so if he’s doing well come July they can ship him off to a contender for a prospect, and if he’s doing badly they can just drop him. It’s not like the A’s have any huge prospects that he would be blocking. I think any AL team that isn’t going to be in the race should be taking a look at Manny.

    • crisisjunky - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      I’ve always found the grinder attachment on my Kitchenaid works best for sausage
      and comments with blatantly self-serving adverts attached.

      • Old Gator - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        I think this is tragic. Manny belongs in Baltimore.

  2. Chris K - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Somewhere Ben Sheets is running his palms together, “Gooooood, gooooooood!”

  3. dw3dw - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Pitiful franchise? As a franchise, the Oakland A’s are one of the most consistent winners, having successful runs from 1970-1975, 1980-81, 1987-1992, and 1999-2006. I think most A’s fans are happy with that. As far as trading players “when they near serious money,” actually the recent trend has been to trade young, affordable pitchers and players (Gonzalez, Cahill, Haren, Ziegler, Swisher, etc.) long before they reach free agency and arbitration. Is the ownership group cheap? Hmm . . . maybe. The A’s do play in the one of the oldest stadiums, which they must share with the Raiders, and have been waiting for nearly three years for MLB to give them permission to move. I suppose you could argue that Lew Wolff is trying to drive fans away (tarping the upper deck, etc.) to drive down attendance and give him leverage for a move, but I’ll give him a pass until Selig’s blue ribbon commission hands down its ruling. He has made a few big money offers to free agents (Adrian Beltre) and been refused. Finally, the A’s do have a recent history of signing aging hitters (John Jaha, Frank Thomas, Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Piazza, Jason Giambi) and trying to get one last good season from them, so I guess Manny fits that model, but it seems like a longshot. Also–it is just one rumor, from an unnamed source, and the A’s didn’t even watch Manny work out, so it might be prudent to wait and see before blasting them. Finally–didn’t the Phillies have a “wife beating tool,” Brett Myers, on their roster for a while? But you’re right about one thing–the A’s aren’t going anywhere this season. They are hoping to contend again in 2014-15, when (if) they get into a new ballpark, and making moves based on that long range model. We’ll see.

  4. randygnyc - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    The A’s only have either really young players or the washed up ones. This must really bother Varitek that manny is getting a job……..

    • jwbiii - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Manny Ramirez, last three seasons
      768 PA .287/.406/.489 OPS+ 142, Bad defense

      Jason Varitek, last three seasons
      798 PA .216/.306/.414 OPS+ 87, Bad defense

      If you think for one millisecond that Ramirez and Varitek are competing for the same jobs, you’re dumber than the contents of the bags I throw away after walking my dog in the park.

      • cur68 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

        You must have a big dog to get that much dumb in it.

      • pjmarn6 - Jan 21, 2012 at 4:20 AM

        You put Jason Varitek on Steroids and then compare the numbers.

  5. btwicey - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Nothing to lose with manny. Give him a go

  6. muckthefets23 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    God dammit Billy Beane!!! You can’t pay attention to him!! He’s like a kid, of you don’t give him the attention he’ll go the hell away…

  7. shaggytoodle - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    I knew something goofy like this was going to happen, thats why you don’t let Brad Pitt be your GM.

  8. muckthefets23 - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    I’m saying saint Bernard Cur, and also i think that manny IS the contents of those bags. This guy doesn’t deserve to save face with fans or the league! It’s bad enough that your a damn cheater but you just had to add MAJOR douche bag to the mix didn’t you Manny, go be you somewhere that’s not in the vicinity of North America…

  9. APBA Guy - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    One of the imperatives of running a franchise is the necessity to actually maintain the franchise, not see it swirl down the drain along with the owner’s investment. To that end, the A’s challenge is different from the Yankees, Phillies, or even the Dodgers: keep dog paddling until the stadium question is answered.

    That means a lot of things, not the least of which is keeping fans coming to the Mausoleum during this interminable period of waiting while Air Bud’s glacially paced committee does whatever it is doing.

    Ok, so Manny is a circus on two feet. He used some kind of drug. And the A’s are a stranger to that how? The only thing Beane cares about is can I flip this guy for a profit before the trade deadline, or drop him without financial pain if I need to.

    That’s the baseball plan. The drug thing will be sorted out by MLB and the CBA. The business plan is a big name like Manny will draw a few more gawkers, at least initially, maybe even continually if he gets a few hits. That’s good for the owners, who like a profit.

    The owners aren’t moralists. Neither is the front office. Some fans may be. Chances are they stopped coming to see the A’s after the Mitchell Report and BALCO, if not before. Last year the A’s actually showed a tiny gain in average attendance, from just under 18,000 per game to just over. And Wolff/Fisher made a nice profit. They like that. They’d like more. If Manny helps them with that, he might get to play a little.

    • ptfu - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Maybe Beane’s exploiting a market inefficiency. Wring the last few drops out of an aging player on the cheap–see David Justice in Moneyball.

  10. muckthefets23 - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Ok sorry for the outburst, but I couldn’t help myself. Manny is just bad for the game as a whole IMO. I understand that this is a business move by Beane and company, but Christ is it really gonna make that much of a difference??

  11. txnative61 - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    I’ve tried but failed to imagine a worse role model for children. Possibly any Owner that enables him.

    • b7p19 - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      While “fat, lazy, and stupid” truly is no way to go through life, there are a lot of people that have done a lot worse things than Manny.

  12. pjmarn6 - Jan 21, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Wasn’t it the old Kansas City Athletics that used to sell all their talent to the Yankees? They acted as a farm team for them.

  13. bleed4philly - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    What they should do is bring back Johnny Damon if they’re seriously considering Manny. But Manny will be bottom line cheap there won’t be any risk at this this point. Remember when the A’s made a run at Berkman last year when his stock was low?

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