Showing posts with label Man-Ram. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Breaking News: Manny Tests + For P.E.D.S














Major League Baseball is expected to announce Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended for 50 games, The Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Ramirez's suspension is expected to be announced Thursday, The Times said.

Triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul has been told by the Dodgers that he will be promoted later today, according to The Times.

In his first full season as a Dodger, Ramirez is batting .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. Los Angeles has bolted to a 21-8 record -- best in the majors -- and a 13-0 record at home that set the modern major league record for home winning streak to start a season.
UPDATE: Yahoo says that Manny tested positive for a sexual enhancer. Manny did not test positive for a steroid or human growth hormone.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Manny Ramirez

I`m sure by now you`ve read that Manny, yet again rejected the Dodger's offer. This time it was an extraordinarily generous offer of 25 million for 2009 and a 20 million dollars player option.

Fangraphs.com has a feature in which they calculate a player's money value. Its a little convoluted and far from perfect but its a good rule of thumb for a player's value. It goes back to 2002 and you know how many times he exceeded that 25 million dollar mark? Once, granted it was last year but still, only once.

He only broke the 20 million mark that the PLAYER option is worth one other time. That was way back in 2003. In 2007 he was worth a mere 4.3 million. The guy can't field and that kills a team. I`m not even going to mention the fact that when he's not happy he's a clubhouse cancer. His own team voted for him to leave in Boston nearly unaminously and he has often refused to play in big games. To me, that says it all.

He better hurry up and find a job or he may find himself retired.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

20 Million Dollars to Spend...

Even after doling out huge contracts to Burnett and Sabathia, Cashman still has about 20 million dollars to spend. Their only real hole is in centerfield. However, both Damon and Swisher can handle centerfield, albeit poorly. Lets assume they`re not going to trade for a centerfielder like DeJesus which may ultimately be the best course of action.

We`ve already established Manny just doesn't fit on this team. He`d have a hard time squeezing onto the payroll and probably isn't worth the contract he`ll get anyway. That leaves two big hitters left on the market. Adam Dunn and Mark Texiera.

Mark Texiera is a fantastic hitter and a gold glove level fielder at first base. That combinations is pretty rare. He`s not quite on the level of the Albert Pujols and A-Rods of the world but he`s definitely on that next tier of players. He`s only 29 and has gotten big offers from the Angels, Orioles, Nationals, and Red Sox with the Yankees showing interest.

On the other hand, we have Adam Dunn. All three of us have been in favor of signing this guy for a long time. It still makes a ton of sense. This guy is also a great hitter, not on the same level as Texiera but he`s still a great hitter. The biggest problem with him is his glove. At first base he is on the same level as Giambi. That would allow Swisher to move into left-field though where he is very good. That makes them a wash but Damon in centerfield is a problem and will cost them a couple wins.

Texiera is pretty obviously the better player at face value. However, Texiera is rumored to already have an offer of 160 million dollars over 8 years (20 million per year) from the Nationals with the Red Sox, Angels, and Orioles not far behind. Normally, he`d be worth that type of contract, especially to the Yankees who are going to be on the brink of the playoffs next year. Their's also the added benefit of keeping him away from AL East teams (Boston and Baltimore) and rivals (The Angels and Boston). However, that keeps them from pursuing help in any other area. It means they will go into the year with a bench of Ransom-Gardner-Molina-Cabrera and they will be forced to again put Hughes in the Opening Day rotation.

Dunn makes much more sense to me. The only team that has really expressed interest in him are the Nationals, who are currently the highest bidders for Texiera and have Nick Johnson already at first. He's the backup plan of a few teams but not many. Dunn may have to settle for 3 years at 36 million dollars or maybe even less. He`s only 29 (same age as Texiera) and a 3 year deal would probably get him in the best years of his career at about 12 million dollars a year. For a guy with Dunn's bat, that's a bargain. It also lets them make a few other moves. First of all, they can hold their offer to Andy Pettitte. They also have enough cash to pursue some other interesting names like Rocco Baldelli, Ty Wigginton, Juan Rivera, and Joe Nelson for the bench/bullpen. Rocco Baldelli in particular interests me now that we know more about his condition.

Its a choice between Texiera as the first baseman, Hughes as the 5th starter, Kennedy/Aceves as injury fill-ins, and Brett Gardner/Melky Cabrera as your backup outfielders or Dunn as the first baseman, Pettitte as the 5th starter, Hughes as injury fill-ins and Rocco Baldelli/Brett Gardner as your backup outfielders. Signing Dunn allows them to make a deeper and better team.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Why Manny Makes No Sense

I know I`ve said before that Manny Ramirez's antics never bothered me and had he not been on the Red Sox for much of his career he would probably be one of my favorite non-Yankees. He`s also one of the best right-handed hitters in the history of the game. However, now that he`s a free agent I don't want him. I`ve wavered back and forth on this and I love the idea of him hitting behind A-Rod as much as anybody but it just doesn't make sense.

First of all, his value is entirely in his bat. His arm isn't terrible but he has zero range. In Fenway that's not a huge deal since he can play the Green Monster well but in the New Yankee Stadium that'll be a problem. It also pushes Damon to centerfield where he`s a liability. That makes Manny a big negative in the field. I`m not going to bother trying to make a guesstimate on how much he`ll hurt the team with his glove but its a big factor and it greatly depreciates his value. If you`re going to give a guy as much money as Manny wants, he has to be the total package.

Secondly, he wants a 5 year deal and is 37. He won't get 5 years from anybody but 4 years is certainly possible and I`d be shocked if he didn't get at least 3. Regardless, he is old for baseball player. Not many guys can keep up the production Manny puts out from ages 37 to 40. Yes, he's a great player but if you look closely, he`s had a pretty normal aging pattern. He`s been declining steadily since his late 30's and its going to speed up as he gets older. By the end of his contract he`ll be entrenched in a DH hole that Jeter, Posada, A-Rod, or somebody else will desperately need to move into. I don't mind overpaying a little at the back-end of a deal to get a star player (Sabathia and A-Rod are perfect cases of this) but honestly, how many players are worth even 10 million dollars at 40? Let alone 25.

Thirdly, his contract totally prevents them from adressing other needs. They would have to withdraw their offer to Pettitte and go with Hughes starting 2009 in the rotation. This makes them lose a ton of rotation depth and Hughes could really use the time in AAA. Besides, even if Hughes is ready, then he`ll be on an innings limit with Joba and the bullpen will suffer. Also, forget about having a good bench. They can't add a Ty Wigginton type with Manny eating up 20-25 million every year. Manny's a ridiculous hitter but his glove takes away a lot of that value and he just wants to much money and to many years. Unless he settles for a much lower contract than he wanted, I have to say no thanks to Manny. Signing both A.J. Burnett and Manny Ramirez this offseason would really set this franchise back a few steps.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dodgers Withdraw Deal to Man-Ram

The Dodgers withdrew their two year 45 Mil offer to Manny today. Manny, of course, does not know what is going on and is spending his off-season doing who knows what. Now Manny is out on the open market but the Dodgers are not out of the sweepstakes yet. The Dodger GM, Ned Colletti had this to say:
"We still have an interest in him," said Colletti."It's like any other free-agent negotiation now. Now they'll have a chance to hear what other clubs are willing to pay and for how long."
Manny in pinstripes? I can't see it happening but the Yankees have shown some interest in the Man-Ram. I would have no problem with Manny becoming a Bronx Bomber but I think he will be resigned by the Dodgers because the fans will riot in the streets if he is not.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More Manny

A "Yankees Insider" believes Manny is a more likely fit then Texiera for the Yankees. We`ve heard absolutely no rumors about our favorite, Adam Dunn, coming to the Yankees. It seems to be coming down to Texiera or Ramirez.

Hank's Thoughts

TAMPA, Fla. – Manny Ramirez in pinstripes?
Hank Steinbrenner said the Yankees will explore all options during the offseason, including the possibility of making an offer to the free-agent slugger.

“There’s nothing we are not looking at,” Steinbrenner said Friday at the Yankees’ spring training complex. “And personally, I like Manny. He’s one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He’s a free spirit for sure, but he knows how to win. We like some of the other guys, too. We just don’t know yet.”

Ramirez was traded from Boston to the Dodgers on July 31, and Los Angeles is expected to attempt to re-sign the high-priced outfielder.
New York’s priority is pitching, and CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett figure to be the top starters on the market.

“Every team in baseball wants Sabathia,” Steinbrenner said. “That’s the bottom line. It’s not a real secret. Pitching is in the forefront for everybody, not just us. That’s why starting pitching is at a premium.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

No Manny?

It seems that Cashman is going to go after a real firstbaseman rather than have Posada, Matsui, or Damon spend time there. This rules out Manny Ramirez. It basically leaves Mark Texiera, Giambi, Adam Dunn, and maybe Raul Ibanez. Of these guys Dunn is probably the best option. I would prefer Ramirez but I can hardly complain about any of those guys.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Manny Talks Heating Up

There have been talks on going that the Sox have been in discussion with the Marlins and possibly the Pirates to swing a three way deal. Will Carroll believes that the Commissioner's Office has received word of the players involved in the deal. Though they have not agreed on the prospects yet here is how the trade is looking now: 
  • Marlins get Manny Ramirez, one prospect (BOS), and cash (likely Ramirez’s remaining salary) 
  • Pirates get Jeremy Hermida and three prospects (two FLO, one BOS) 
  • Red Sox get Jason Bay and John Grabow
Peter Gammons says talks will continue into tomorrow. We will keep you posted as the news gets out.

This is good news for the Yankees, Man-Ram always rips on the Yankee pitching. I think he will adjust well in Florida. He can do whatever the hell he wants and no one will care, because no one watches the games. He said this to ESPN Deportes today: 

“The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me. During my years here I’ve seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn’t want them to try to turn the fans against them. “The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy. I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don’t deserve me. I’m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price and I don’t have peace here"

What a Guy.
























Please Trade Me

Monday, June 30, 2008

Manny Shoves Clubhouse Assistant, But It's No Big Deal

Manny Ramirez shoved the Red Sox' traveling secretary to the ground because he couldn't get sixteen tickets to a Red Sox vs. Astros game. He later apologized, and no action will be taken. Why? This is the second time this year Manny has gotten physical with another person, and he continues to get away with it. Obviously, the Red Sox aren't going to release Manny, like the Astros did with Shawn Chacon, but he should at least be fined or suspended.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Farnsworth Suspended

Update: He shall appeal

Now maybe we can win a few.

The Daily News is reporting that the Farns will be suspended for three games for throwing a 96mph fastball behind the neck of Man-Ram.