Enrique Rojas says that the A's are interested in making Manny Ramirez (yes, THAT Manny Ramirez) their
old new designated hitter. He's still in line for a 50 game suspension and wouldn't be able to take the field until early June, but he has 547 career homers and is a career .312 hitter and was an electrifying player just 2 seasons ago in Los Angeles. He no doubt comes with a lot of risk and a lot of baggage, but if he does sign a deal you'd have to figure it's for dirt cheap.
So is this a low-risk flier that could give this team some upside and a big bat or is it a Mike Piazza/Mike Sweeney signing that won't have a significant impact? My take is that, while Manny is not exactly the most clubhouse friendly guy, and he only could play 110 games this year, this is a low-risk signing with a very big potential payoff. There are 3 ways this potential signing could pan out.
1. Manny is Manny and he comes in with a rejuvenated bat, cranks 20 longballs and gives us some pop at the DH position.
2. Manny is Manny and he displays the same poor attitude and we cut him before the break.
3. He puts up decent numbers while the team is mediocre or cellar-dwelling and we trade him for a prospect or two.
Well, if it turns out that Manny chooses option 2, it's really not that big of a loss. So we waste the DH slot for a few games on an old washed up former star. With a team without a whole lot of expectation, taking a flier on a guy who, in my opinion, is closer to Frank Thomas than Mike Sweeney is worth the risk.
So what do you guys think of this potential signing?