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Manny Ramirez signs with the Oakland Athletics

Feb 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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We’ve seen this coming for a while, but it appears to actually be happening now. Manny Ramirez is signing with the Oakland A’s:

Manny Ramirez told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Monday that he has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics. Sources tell Gomez the deal is worth about $500,000.

Ramirez will have to sit for 50 games due to his drug suspension, of course. And then he will have to earn time on a team that has about 600 dudes who can DH or play a corner outfield position.

But hey: we get to see Manny in a new uniform, and that’s always fun, right?

  1. Jack Marshall - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    They’ll be soooorrrrreeeeeeee!!

    • chaseutley - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      How do you figure?
      The guy could always hit and nobody is picking the A’s to win the West. If he’s got anything left in the tank, it’s a plus for the team and, should the A’s fall out of the race, he could draw a prospect back in trade from a contender.

      Potential downside? He proves to be a clubhouse issue. But for $500K, he’s an easy, “no harm, no foul” cut. It looks like a low risk, high reward scenario, to me.

      • mondogarage - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        He really hasn’t hit since the first two months of 2010. He was pretty atrocious with the White Sox (small sample, yeah), and by the time he comes back, he’ll be two years older than in his last decent stretch, and he’ll be 40 without the benefit of the roids he’s been using for the last several years.

        Sure, it’s a low risk, but his ceiling now is likely much lower than you’re assuming.

        40 yo, no roids, and out of the game for that long…is not a recipe for success.

      • chaseutley - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        This is going to come across as a little tongue in cheek, but if there is a place for a PED user to stay ahead of the game, the Bay Area is it.
        – Bonds
        – McGwire
        – Canseco
        – The Other Canseco
        – Giambi
        – The Other Giambi
        – Tejada
        – Matt Williams
        – David Bell
        …..And those are just the names I could come up with off the top of my head. Plus, it took years for most of those guys to be implicated in the steroid scandal.

        If Manny is looking to stay clean, good for him. If not, he may have signed in the best spot available in terms of staying ahead of the testing.

    • scatterbrian - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      I’m sorry, why? It’s a $500K minor league contract. It’s not as though he’s expected to be a focal point of the A’s offense, and they aren’t contending anyway. There is zero risk here…

  2. El Bravo - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Best move of the off season.

    • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      I always thought Manny looked like he was purifying himself for a suicide bombing in that photo. I have a sinking feeling that his performance is going to feel that way to a lot of…I mean, to those relict A’s fans who have to watch him.

    • El Bravo - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      At least twenty fools took this seriously. Suckers.

  3. dondada10 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    It will be fun. I just wish Manny had the foresight to sit out the 100 games last year.

    The A’s will easily make 500,000 dollars in t-shirt revenue as soon as Manny is activated. Smart move.

  4. pisano - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I didn’t think any team would give this cancer a look, but as the old saying goes,” There’s a sucker born everyday” and Manny found one.

    • paperlions - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Yep, that’s exactly how that saying goes. /irony font

    • kellyb9 - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Low risk, high reward. I think its a decent move.. you can always cut ties.

  5. sharks123 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I miss the respectable Oakland A’s franchise. Better go to baseball franchise rehab before coming to San Jose. Don’t bring your crap here.

    • dondada10 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      They signed Manny Ramirez. You’re acting like they signed Jerry Sandunksy to DH against lefties.

    • dondada10 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      They signed Manny Ramirez. You’re acting like they signed Jerry Sandusky to DH against lefties.

      • sharks123 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        I’m very aware who they signed. Thanks. The A’s are a joke, if you think otherwise I’m sad for you.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Yeah, I miss the respectable Oakland A’s too – guys like Mark “Cartoon arms” McGuire and Jose “The Cheating Rat Fink” Canseco. Not to mention Reggie “Humble” Jackson and Jason “Remember My Head and Shoulders Commercial? Oh, and I cheated too” Giambi!

      You sound like the fluffy baseball writers who think baseball was ever all nice and moral. Come on, man.

  6. rollinghighwayblues - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    The real question is, are we going to be exposed to the ridiculous barnstorming tour he makes in the minors before his 50 game suspension is up?

    • jwbiii - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      During his suspension, he’ll be at extended spring training. Not much chance of media coverage there. After that a few weeks in the high minors to see if he can hit something close to ML pitching. Probably ridiculous media coverage there.

  7. AlohaMrHand - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    seriously,can we quit calling Billy Beane a genius now?This was as dumb a move as I’ve ever seen.By 50 games the A’s will already be out of contention and what good is having Manny who is a shell of his former self?Might as well have offered Canseco a contract.

    • AlohaMrHand - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      thumbs down me all you like,I’m willing to bet he never plays an inning with them.

      • dexterismyhero - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Agreed and they should make him cut off those stinking dreadlocks. This guy has never been a “Professional” baseball player.

      • paperlions - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        I can’t wait for the first owner that REQUIRES all players to have dreadlocks.

      • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Lions: ever see Putney Swope?

    • kellyb9 - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      The guy has no budget whatsoever… It wasn’t like they were going to be able to sign Pujols or Fielder. At least, Ramirez might sell a few jerseys.

      • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        And if you meet him outside in the parking lot after a game, he’ll probably sell you a couple of joints too.

    • lanflfan - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      Billy Beane is a demi-god in saberhead land, they even made a movie about his supposed greatness. Never mind the A’s are in a perpetual “rebuilding” mode, just blame it on the “cheap owner” and not the supposed genius who has never delivered on that label.

      That said, this isn’t a bad move from a merchandising point of view (bad for baseball though). When Manny was in LA there was so much crap with Manny on it was sickening (and now all that dough is going to the ex-hag of McCourt, soon to be ex-owner).

  8. cur68 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Beane once signed a former catcher who couldn’t throw to play 1st base: a position described in the movies as “incredibly hard” to play. I want to believe that the actual conversation between Hatteberg, Beane, & Washington went down exactly as depicted: that would be hilarious. Signing Manny is the most Billy Beane move that could possibly have been made this off season: he can’t play defence, either. But he CAN hit and he IS cheap. If this guy isn’t a Beane guy then no one is.

    • 24missed - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Just saw the movie last night. I’m completely on the same page with you.

      Did you have flashes of “Andy” blinding you in certain moments.
      Not every scene, but I half-expected Ron Swanson to come out
      of nowhere, “Son, you’re too hard on yourself. Just try to lean into
      the plate and have your uniform slightly grazed.” And Ron disappears.

      Manny’ll do it!

      • cur68 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        24 my little turtle dove, how lovely to see your name here. Confession time: I have no idea of who “Ron Swanson” is and I’m not sure who “Andy” is either. In fact the guy who constantly springs to my 43 year old mind when I think of “leaning into one” is Sam Malone’s old 3rd base coach from Cheers; Ernie “Coach” Pantusso played by Nicholas Colasanto. He was the quintessential old baseball guy with skillz, to me. His reputation was that he could get on base no matter what and would likely have totally approved Mr. Swanson’s erudition in the matter of “leaning into one”. I’m old. Forgive me.

      • 24missed - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        Awww. You keep pulling me in. And Coach was a fine man. Good baseball guy.

        You really are missing out on Parks and Rec, though. The whole ensemble works as therapy for me. Just the name ‘Ron Swanson’ makes me laugh. He is the man, a character on the show of eccentric characters that is so well put together. The actor that portrayed Hatteberg, plays ‘Andy’ on Parks and Rec.

        Every once in a while, I would notice moments of ‘Andy’ in Hatteberg. Particulary, when Hatteberg looked lost. Andy in Parks and Rec is always lost, but rarely knows it.

        And getting on base was all that mattered, right? So, take one for the team. Or take ten for the team. Or just be Youk.

        Certainly, Cur, you aren’t old. Age is only a number, like cholesterol count and blood pressure, so no worries. With your mesmerizing literary skills and vast baseball expertise, you’re only just beginning.

        Plus, I’m not that far behind.

      • El Bravo - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Cur, those fellows are characters in the Thursday night NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation”. Andy’s character is the same actor who plays Hatteburg. Swanson is the boss of the Parks n Rec dept and is one of the most hilarious characters on TV.

      • cur68 - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        Thanks El Bravo, but I see right through you. You’re just sucking up to 24, trying to dazzle her with your brains, topical knowledge, and size of your TV-IQ.

        He won’t respect you in the morning, 24!

      • 24missed - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        Cur,

        Thanks for the heads-up! You’ve alerted me to several here that will not respect me in the wee hours.

        Intelligence is high on my list of criteria, as you know, Cur. As is humor. That was a close one.

    • jcarne9014 - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Someone needs to explain to me why Billy Beane is considered a genius…I just don’t get it?!!

      • lanflfan - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        Billy Beane is considered a genius because he released Moneyball/sabermetrics from its dungeon and into the public view. Also, about a decade ago he drafted three golden arms and parlayed that into a division title. No World Series, not even an ALCS. He then traded those three arms for more youngsters, setting in motion the perpetual motion machine you now know as the “rebuilding” Oakland A’s.

        Any other GM with a track record like his would be out of baseball by now, or at least no longer a GM. Take this with a grain of salt if you like, but as a Dodger fan I have had to live with Needle Head Ned’s exploits in cheapness and and blocking young “unknown” players with proven (worthless) vets.

  9. APBA Guy - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    As I’ve said before about the continuing adventures of the Great and Powerful Beane, he has to keep the franchise treading water until the relocation decision comes down. Last year, the A’s attendance ticked up very slightly. A better way to look at it is that attendance didn’t fall during 2011. That number, 18,000 per game average, gives them a budget target to aim for while they tread water. Within that budget they can sign Manny because:

    – he is a draw, at least initially
    – if he hits he’ll be traded for a prospect
    – if not, he’s a cut
    – if he’s a problem in the clubhouse he’s a cut, also

    Keep in mind there were times when Manny was good in the clubhouse (2004 with Boston comes to mind). He’s also been terrible. So it’s up to him whether he stays or goes on that score.

    And we’ll at least get an increment of entertainment watching the whole saga unfold, at a cost of .8% (point eight percent) of the A’s opening day payroll.

    The A’s aren’t going anywhere in 2012. A clown act as part of the circus is welcome respite from what promises to be a dreadfully boring series of in season major league try-outs by frequently too-old former prospects.

  10. garythebat - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Time to eat crow, Gleeman.
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/06/report-manny-ramirez-is-calling-teams-directly/

    • Jack Marshall - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      I’ll have it with him. I’m amazed.

  11. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Help! Can someone please tell me how many games Manny must sit before eligible to return. I’ve seen both 50 and 100 referred to, and I suspect at least one of those is wrong. Thanks.

    • jlove42 - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      50, believe me, I know

  12. tonystrong - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    So Barry Bonds wanted to play another year and couldn’t get a job but this guy does after not one BUT TWO failed PED tests? That’s a joke. I’m not being a Bonds apologist, just stating the facts. Bonds, who never failed a test and basically beat the roid allegations against the government couldn’t play and was black balled but they welcome Manny back with open arms?? Sick world we live in lol!!

    • scatterbrian - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Manny is eight years younger than Bonds.

      • tonystrong - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        Bonds was 43 is final year and his production was double Manny’s production in his final year. Manny has taken off a year, is facing a 50 game suspension, and is 39. Let’s not act like he’s a spring chicken. Go look it up before you speak. If we’re going by production on the field, Bonds deserved another season more then Manny!

    • Jack Marshall - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      For whatever reason, Manny is not looked upon as the dark and corrupting force Bonds was seen (correctly) as. But you’re right—it makes no sense. You hire either, and you’re essentially saying that cheating is no big deal in your organization, and that sportsmanship and character don’t matter. Good to know.

      Bonds did not “beat” the steroid allegations. He wasn’t indicted for steroid use. He was indicted for lying about them, and the government proved its case: the jury gave him a break. If there’s sane and objective person alive who doesn’t think Bonds used steroids, I haven’t met him.

  13. henryd3rd - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Whatever happened to Billy Bean and his “Money Ball” theory? By the way has anyone taken notice of the Oakland A’s uniforms lately and that White Elephant on the sleeve? What does a white elephant symbolize? History says there was a dispute between John McGraw and Connie Mack. McGraw called the Philadelphia Athletics a white elephant and Connie Mack responded to the insult by putting the a white Elephant on the sleeves of his Athletics uniforms.

    By the way the definition of a white elephant is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep)

    Hence we have come full circle and the A’s have truly become the “white elephants” of the American League. The Ramirez signing speaks for it self

    • scatterbrian - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Dude, this is a $500K contract. League minimum last year was $414K.

  14. patsandsox - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Look at all the attention Manny has already brought him. I think it is genius

  15. aceshigh11 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    As much of a pain in the ass as this guy is, I kinda miss watching him play.

    He has (or HAD) one of the sweetest pure swings I’ve ever seen. PEDs aside, he is a born hitter. No amount of PEDs will give you a career batting average of .312.

    I’m not excusing the guy…he’s a child and a dirtbag, but there have been LOTS of childish dirtbags in baseball who were great ballplayers. Just sayin’.

  16. westsideculture - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Welcome to Oakland, Manny. Enjoy paying for soda.

  17. tominma - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Does Manny need money??? He sure as hell cant hit anymore.

  18. pisano - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I think his reason for getting on with the A’s is he wants to get the concession for selling taco’s at the stadium.

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