Yankees unlikely to have interest in Manny Ramirez

O'Brien hits first High-A homer in rain-shortened win
Game 75: Old Timers' Day

No surprise here, but the Yankees are unlikely to have interest in Manny Ramirez according to multiple reports. “I wouldn’t say,” said Brian Cashman in a generic response to Anthony Reiber when asked if they would look into signing him. “I don’t think it’s in my best interests to say who I may or may not have interest in.”

Ramirez, 41, recently opted out of his contract with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan in hopes of returning to the big leagues. He hit .352/.422/.555 with eight homers and more walks (23) than strikeouts (21) in 49 games and 206 plate appearances for the Rhinos, who play in a league that is roughly equivalent to High-A ball. I’m pretty sure no team will give Manny — who has served his most recent PED suspension and could join a team right away — a shot given all his baggage, especially the Yankees considering their emphasis on makeup and character.

O'Brien hits first High-A homer in rain-shortened win
Game 75: Old Timers' Day
  • Bavarian Yankee

    it would be fun if a team like the Marlins or Astros signs him. They have nothing to lose anyway.

    • ROBTEN

      (Not So) Fun Fact:

      Yankees: .239/.303/.380 wOBA .298 wRC+ 84
      Astros: .240/.297/.386 wOBA .298 wRC+ 87
      Marlins: .230/.286/.329 wOBA .272 wRC+ 69

      at this point, if Manny would take a AAA contract…

      • I’m One

        That must by why I am disappointed by this news.

      • erick

        Yankees need him he could make better work than haffner

    • trr

      Fun for who?

      • ROBTEN

        Debbie Downer?

        The Astros’ marketing team, since they can now promote the fact that they have a Yankees-level offense?

        Bars around Yankee stadium?

  • Dicka24

    Just saw that Eric Thames got designated by the Mariners. Any chance the Yankees would be interested in him? Former Yanks draft pick and still only 25. I’ve always liked his potential.

    Also, Ramon Hernandez was released by the Dodgers. I have to think he’d be an upgrade over Romine.

    • Travis L.

      I suppose they could claim Thames and put Youk on the 60-day DL. I’m sure someone will snatch up Thames before he gets to the Yankees though. As for Hernandez, I’d say he is an upgrade to Romine, at least until Frankie comes back. I just don’t see them making that move.

  • I’m One

    Why am I disappointed by this?

    • Travis L.

      Ummmmm….no caffeine this morning?

  • Travis L.

    With Well’s current hot streak (he is 1 for 1 in his last game), Manny can be Manny while sitting at home watching Sportscenter talk about Manny being Manny.

  • Eddard

    The owners should blackball him from baseball like they did Bonds. He’s a locker room cancer. He quit on Boston, he quit on his Taiwan team, what makes you think he wouldn’t quit on us?

    • Pat D

      Not to mention that he quit on the Rays.

      • D$1184

        And the Dodgers.

  • jack

    Headline is misleading. Cash says he wouldn’t say whether Yankees are interested or not. He did NOT say that Yanks are not interested.

  • ExitCashman

    Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco are available, too. We could have a 3-ring circus.
    Just say NO.

  • jimmy james

    A part of me wants it to happen, because hey…anybody is better than Wells at this point. But then logic rears its ugly head and tells me, “NO!” I’ll pass on Manny this time around…

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Greatest right handed hitter in most of your generations and you want to pass because of “Manny being Manny?”

    Take a shot and see if he can be even 75% of Manny Ramirez. That would still be the second best hitter on our team.

    • D$1184

      The distraction is now 41 years old and aside from those 5 games in 2011 after which, he “retired” to avoid being suspended for 50 games for using performance enhancers which termed out to be a FEMALE FERTILITY DRUG, he hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2010. He was a double negative defensively in the outfield about 10 years ago so we can guess what he would be now. Might as well sign one of those old timers we saw today. O’Neill or Bernie would have more left in the tank than Manny. Plus, even if he could hit a little, where the hell are they going to put Jeter, A-Rod, Hafner and Manny when the first two get healthy again? You can only have one DH in a line-up, not 4.

  • Mikhel

    Meanwhile yesterday, cuban superstar (king of the homerun in Cuba) Alfredo Despaigne had a double and a panoramic homerun in Campeche, México, but both were not official because the game was suspended by rain before the 5th inning.

    Photo courtesy of Gary Espadas in La Peña Beisbolera in Facebook:

  • Proko

    High-A ball? Axisa you might just have to fly to the far east to see are they only a high-A level. Gotta check where your rumors from meat.