To Manny or not to Manny?

I figured it’d be best to answer the large amounts of questions I got on Twitter regarding the Orioles and Manny Ramirez in a quick blog post.  Are the Orioles in on Manny? Well, they have some interest, especially given that they’d like to add a veteran bat before Spring Training and the free agency pool has all but dried up.

Enrique Rojas of reported earlier today that Ramirez is deciding between the O’s, Athletics and Blue Jays.

But how serious is the Orioles interest in Manny? I don’t know, and it’s tough for anyone to say accurately at this point.  Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette –who had Ramirez while GM in Boston– hasn’t ruled out the scenario all offseason, which is why I’m hesitant to do so now.

To recap, Ramirez will face a 50-game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy should he sign a new contract and play in 2012. He would come at a cheaper cost than an older DH on the market, such as Johnny Damon, but he also comes with significant drawbacks. In addition to the suspension, Ramirez typically brings a media circus, and I’m not sure how that would play out with manager Buck Showalter.  And then there’s the question of performance: how much does Manny have left in the tank? The Orioles saw firsthand last year with Vladimir Guerrero that a veteran past his prime isn’t exactly the exciting cleanup hitter they need.

With just about two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, all signs point to Ramirez making a decision soon. So, stay tuned.


Let Manny Be Manny somewhare else. Poison is to be avoided at all cost!

To sign Manny would be subtraction by addition.

Subtraction, distraction, retraction, infraction,… :0

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How can the Orioles in any way justify adding Manny Ramirez to this team. He would not only bring the “media circus” as mentioned but he would be a very bad influence on the younger players on this team. I find it so very difficult to believe that Duquette would even be giving any consideration to this “BIG MISTAKE” of a move. Up until now, he has seemingly been going in the right direction so why make a drastic wrong turn now. Even if a Johnny Damon would cost more monetarily (if this can be believed), in the long run choosing him over Manny would be both a more constructive and character-positive move for the Orioles. Move on Manny – PLEASE!!

let the orioles do what they think is right and stop tellin them how to go after players so if they wanna bring in manny and johnny then let them just be a fan of the team and support them on the choices they make cus what dan really wants to do is get quality players to make the team better and be a contender for the playoffs.

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