This is a discussion that I had with a number of people on Twitter last night and garnered some strong reactions. With the Dodgers in a bit of turmoil and having had some success with Manny suspended, it is conceivable that a team could steal Manny Ramirez at a low cost in terms of prospects. I suggested that there are worse options out there for the Yankees than Manny Ramirez. Let’s run through the pros and cons.
Pro: Manny spent most of his career in the AL and is one of the greatest hitters of all time. He is not afraid of the big moment.
Con: Manny’s OPS decreased each month, and he looked slow on fastballs late in the year.
Pro: he still matched his career OPS+ of 155 and had a .991 OPS outside of Dodger Stadium. He had an amazing .418 OBP, showing that he still has a stellar eye.
Con: He cannot field.
Pro: At least he can play out there a bit, so he can be a good DH/LF candidate.
Con: He’s Manny. That means major distractions and effort issues.
Pro: The Yankees are used to dealing with distractions and have a very strong clubhouse that should be able to handle Manny.
Con: He costs 20 million dollars.
Pro: It is a one year deal. Jason Bay and Matt Holliday have never had a 155 OPS+ in their careers, and they want close to 20 million for 5+ years.
Con: He was a Red Sox.
Pro: It will drive their fans crazy.
Is Manny my first option? No. But would he make more sense than some of the big names out there? I think so. What do you think about Manny?