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What Manny Ramirez brings the A’s

Feb 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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Here’s was Oakland’s projected lineup two weeks ago:

2B Jemile Weeks – S
CF Coco Crisp – S
LF Seth Smith – L
C Kurt Suzuki – R
RF Josh Reddick – L
3B Scott Sizemore – R
DH Brandon Allen – L
1B Daric Barton – L
SS Cliff Pennington – S

And here’s what it might look like come the end of May:

2B Jemile Weeks – S
LF Coco Crisp – S
RF Seth Smith – L
DH Manny Ramirez – R
CF Yoenis Cespedes – R
C Kurt Suzuki – R
1B Daric Barton – L
3B Scott Sizemore – R
SS Cliff Pennington – S

Of course, that’s far from set in stone. Maybe Cespedes won’t prove ready, and Josh Reddick will be penciled back into right field. Maybe Ramirez decides this whole comeback thing isn’t a good idea after all and returns to the Dominican Republic.

But let’s face it, no major league lineup should have Kurt Suzuki batting cleanup.

I’m not sure what Ramirez has left. With the news that he was joining the A’s, I revised his 2012 projection to .260/.372/.431 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 304 at-bats, but that’s just a wild guess (as a free agent, I had him projected at .271/.381/.452, but that was for a neutral hitting environment).

The A’s really had nothing to lose by going into the Manny business. It’s not as though the fans could get much more apathetic. Plus, since they’ll be without him for the first 50 games anyway, they’ll still have time to evaluate whether Brandon Allen should be in their plans and take a longer look at Reddick.

I don’t think there’s a whole lot to gain, either, especially considering the going rate for veteran DHs, but the A’s are a little more interesting now and that’s something.

  1. baddorange - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Hey druggie. Off the wagon, yet loser.

  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Nothing?

  3. cool10857 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Manny will be a bust now that he’s off steroids.

  4. tropboi11 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    The Rays lineup looked good on paper with Manny in it too, but that all went to poop when he got busted again, he’s done, he left all his talent in Boston, but good luck A’s, I root for the low budget teams

  5. uscfan1988 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I wonder if Manny had it put in his contract that he gets an unlimited supply of estrogen. We all know he needs to make sure he’s roided up

  6. havlicekstoletheball - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    What Manny brings to the A’s?

    A .209 average, little power, no hustle, lousy attitude, and a bag of syringes.

    Just the guy you want in the locker room.

  7. dkchi - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    What about option value and potential trade compensation before the deadline? Worst-case, the A’s cut him due to poor performance, attitude, or another failed test and lose a minimal investment. Best-case, he performs at a very high level and becomes an attractive trade target for a contender, yielding the A’s a prospect in return. That’s how a non-contender spends minimal resources to enhance their future.

  8. stex52 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Count down to melt down starts in 10…9…8…..

  9. Chris K - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Am I the last believer in Brandon Allen? I guess he will have the term of Manny’s suspension to price himself…

  10. pisano - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    I’ll tell you what Manny the moron will bring to the A’s…. a pain in the ass!

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