Posted tagged ‘Manny Ramirez’

Manny Ramirez retires

April 8, 2011

WOW! This is HUGE news.

When I get a chance this weekend I will post my reactions, my AL East preview, and my season predictions- albeit a week and a half late.

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Tampa Bay Rays sign Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez

January 22, 2011

The Damon deal is 1/$5.25mil and the Manny deal is 1/$2mil.

I like it. Especially the Manny deal.

Manny can still hit. In 320 PA last season, his line was .298/.409/.460/.382/141. That’s good. He had a 1.6 fWAR, which means he was worth over $6mil. The Rays might be getting the STEAL of the off-season right here. The Yankees signed Andruw Jones for $2mil to be a part-time outfielder. Manny will be paid the same to be a full-time DH and hit a lot better than Jones will. I see no downside to this acquisition. The Rays didn’t have a DH, now they do.

I’m iffy on the Damon. He should be worth 1-2 WAR, so technically he will be “worth it”. But with the Manny signing, Damon will be the left fielder. At this stage in his career, he is a poor fielder. To me, it would make a lot more sense to stick Desmond Jennings there. He is ready and he is a top,big-time prospect. Even if Jennings struggles to hit, his defense should make him an equal player or superior player to Damon- at a cheaper price. Jennings could still patrol the outfielder if Ben Zobrist is moved to the second. While I think Sean Rodriguez should get a chance to start, a Damon-Upton-Jennings outfield with Zobrist at second might be a better lineup. Also, the Damon signing might open up the possibility of an Upton trade, a trade which could further stock the farm system or get ML talent to make the club better. So I’m neutral on the signing. It might work, it might not.

Valuing the 2011 free agent class: Manny Ramirez

November 27, 2010

Manny Ramirez is one of the more recognizable baseball faces of the past generation. Despite that, he seemingly has garnered zero interest this off-season. But that’s understandable- he’s old, has behavior issues few teams want to deal with at this stage in his career, has been hurt the past couple seasons, and “struggled” in 2010.

So who would want to sign him? If you were to ask me, I’d say the Tampa Bay Rays.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays. They are losing Carl Crawford and Carl Pena, two players who have bolstered their lineup for the past few seasons. Even though Pena struggled in 2010, losing those two will be a blow to the offense. Manny Ramirez is one of the best hitters of all-time and even in his injury-plagued “down year” he still had a 141 wRC+ in 320 PA and an OBP north of .400. If you let him strictly DH, so that his body can rest and not deal with the rigors of fielding, I fully believe Manny will continue to produce at a .400 OBP/.500 SLG level of production. Tampa Bay could really use that production after losing two key offensive players- especially if they want to keep up New York, Boston, and even Toronto.

Now, you might ask, isn’t Manny Ramirez too expensive? The dood was paid $20mil last season. Tampa is too frugal to pay him a similar contract. You’re right. But Manny will not be getting paid much. According to this report, the best Manny will do this off-season is 800k to $5mil with incentives. Tampa Bay can afford that.

If Manny hits like he can, at the DH position, he could be a 2 WAR player. So that’s about $9mil-$10mil worth of value. Tampa Bay, as cheap as they are, will and can afford to pay someone that much if they will help the club. Manny can help the club. So if he is paid $2mil-$5mil, he could be a bargain. The best part for Tampa is that Manny will not cost them a draft pick, but when he leaves after 2011, he could net them a pick or two in return. It’s a win-win for Tampa.

Manny is looking for a new home and Tampa Bay is looking for a hitter. I think the two should get together for a little bit.

Top 100 players of all-time: 70-61

December 10, 2009

70. Mark McGwire

.394/.588/.415/63.1

Setting the tone for a successful career McGwire hit forty nine home runs in his first season. Earning him the 1987 Rookie Of the Year. In 1998 he broke Roger Maris’ home run record later broken by Barry Bonds. He was a twelve time All-Star and won the Gold Glove once. He piled up 583 home runs.

69. Mordecai Brown

1.07/70.9 %/2.36/56.1

His accident that crippled his hand was used to an advantage. His natural pitch was a sinker ball. He helped lead the Cubs to four pennants in five years.

68. Craig Biggio

.363/.433/.355/65.9

Biggio is the heart and soul of the Houston Astros. He won four Gold Gloves and made the All-Star game seven times. In 1998 he was the second man to hit 50 doubles and steal 50 bases. Biggio was an all-around player. Fielding, hitting, and power. In fact he is the only Astro with 3,000 hits.

67. Manny Ramirez

.411/.591/.419/66.2

Ramirez was a big help bringing Boston their first title since 1918. Mostly known for his outrageous antics and odd behavior, but he probably has the most fun on a baseball diamond. Ramirez is a nine time All-Star and was the 2004 World Series MVP. Manny is known for his great eye and power. He accumulated 527 home runs in his career.

66. Juan Marichal

1.10/74.5 %/3.04/64.0

Marichal had a legendary high leg kick that helped with his his fastball, curveball, slider and screwball. He led the league in fewest walks allowed per nine innings four times. He was a good control pitcher. He was overshadowed by Koufax and Gibson though. He was a nine time All-Star.

65. Fergie Jenkins

1.14/74.1 %/3.28/81.3

Jenkins was never on a playoff team, but still was able to pile up 284 victories. He won twenty games in a year seven times and made three All-Star games.

64. Frank Thomas

.419/.555/.416/75.9

The Big Hurt is one of the best hitters in White Sox history. In seven consecutive seasons Thomas hit .300, scored 100 runs, drove in 100 runs, and walked 100 times. No one else has ever done that. Thomas is a five time All-Star and won two consecutive MVP’s. He has 521 home runs.

63. Robin Yount

.342.430/.344/76.8

Yount spent his whole career with the Brewers. He also won the MVP at two different positions. Yount won the Gold Glove in 1987 and also made three All-Star games.

62. Tony Gwynn

.388/.459/.371/68.5

The Padres greatest player ever helped them to two World Series appearances coming up short in both. Gwynn won eight Batting Titles, and five Gold Gloves. In 1994 he batted .394. He had 3,000 plus hits and fifteen All-Star appearances.

61. Cal Ripken Jr.

.340/.447/.345/89.8

Cal Ripken can be described in many words, but the best is durability. Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record with 2,131. He hit 431 home runs and had over 3,000 hits. He won two Gold Gloves, two MVP’s, and the 1982 Rookie Of the Year. He also made nineteen All-Star games.