Not really sure what to make of this, but Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports spoke to Manny Ramirez recently (as passed along by MLB Trade Rumors), and the unretired A’s slugger told him that he “almost signed with Toronto.”
He didn’t sign because “There were doubts. At first they said yes. Then they said, ‘We’re going to have to think about it.’ ”
Alex Anthopoulos declined to comment on the story, according to Rosenthal.
Interesting. I mean, it’s not like– as we discussed many times around here– there wasn’t a definite use for Manny as a potential DH if, 50 games into the season (when Manny’s suspension is up), the Jays were ready to platoon Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion at first base, instead of having Lind keep flailing away against lefties. And it would have been a low-risk, high-reward play for them… at least on the field.
Did they get scared off by the potential PR hit? By fears of souring the clubhouse? Because they ran it by John Farrell who then recounted some of the horrors of his days in Boston alongside Manny?
Who knows? But as a baseball move, it kinda made sense– especially considering the deal Manny was willing to accept (he signed a minor league deal that’s worth about $500K in the Majors). If things work out for him in Oakland– hardly a given, and it’ll be a long time before we find out– Jays will really have to answer for this one.
Or… theoretically they’ll have to answer for it, that is. In reality they’ll just pretend it never happened and say nothing at all. And… actually, that’s probably the smart thing to do, huh?
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