My Take On Manny Ramirez. I will be writing a semi-regular column for Mark Travis’ excellent website “But The Game Is On.” This entry is about why, for me, the Manny Ramirez steroid revelations do not taint the 2004 World Series.
Manny Ramirez rejected the latest Dodgers contract offer. The reported deal was two-years $45 million. Ramirez would have made $10 million for 2009 and 2010, with $25 million deferred over the next three years.
The rejection has stalled negotiations. No other clubs seem interested. The Giants have been mentioned, but made no formal offer. Other clubs seem scared by the financial commitment or the possibility of fanciful disruption.
Los Angeles doesn’t want to bid against itself. Boras and Manny look stupid, if they don’t receive a deal significantly more than the two-years $40 million left in Boston. He may not sign until the start of the season, or later.
There seems no more perfect time for the Yankees to swoop in to get him.
Ramirez makes the Yankees a much better team. He offers another impactful bat to compliment Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. They will score more runs, will win more games and, probably, will distance themselves from the Red Sox.
The Yankees have seen the havoc Ramirez can wreak when he’s motivated. They could expect that against the Red Sox 19 times next season, and possibly 26 if they meet in October.
It makes sense considering solely baseball. It makes even more sense for PR.
The Teixeira slight was insignificant compared to the tweak Red Sox fans and management would get from Ramirez in the Bronx. It would ramp John Henry’s hypocritical twaddle meter up to 11. It seems like a classic Yankees move.
Signing Manny is also the only thing that would knock the Alex Rodriguez steroid-stain out of the perpetual media cycle, at least for a while.
There’s something to be said for financial prudence and fiscal responsibility, but when has that ever been the Yankee ethos?