According to a tweet from Jon Heyman, the Tampa Bay Rays, jealous of all the attention being bestowed on AL East rivals Toronto Blue Jays, have signed both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.

Damon’s one year contract is reportedly worth a guaranteed $5.25 million, while Ramirez will make $2 million.

By signing both Ramirez and Damon, the Rays are rolling the dice that Damon can still play the outfield on at least a semi-regular basis, something that the Detroit Tigers gave up on fairly quickly into the 2010 season. Assuming that B.J. Upton remains in center field, between DH and the two corner outfield spots, the Rays have five players that can fill those positions, including Damon, Ramirez, Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist and possibly Desmond Jennings, who you’d think would at least start the season in Durham.

Ramirez signing for only $2 million leads me to believe that the influence of Jim Thome’s contract with the Minnesota Twins was severely underestimated.  Put another way, Kyle Farnsworth will make more money than Manny Ramirez next season.

Ken Davidoff is suggesting that Damon and Ramirez, both Boras clients, signed with the Rays as part of a package deal.  Whatever that means.

Comments (7)

  1. Wow, this is unfortunate. I wish Manny signed with the Jays especially at that price……and whats with everything (these two signings and the Wells deal) happening on this day and at this time? Go Jays Go

  2. $2-million??? Wow…is he secretly hurt and out for the first half or something? I’m very surprised they got both. That’s what I get for complaining that there was no good news, leading me to write a post where I say that several times. I finish the post and all hell breaks loose.

  3. Wow what a night! The productivity around Toronto offices would have gone downhill today if this all broke earlier.

    Manny for $2 million is such a good deal for the Rays. Isn’t that 10% of his last salary? In terms of offensive production how much does Manny/Damon differ from Pena/Crawford?

    After trading Wells I really don’t think Bautista belongs with a multi-year deal. This is a chance to continue to build young from within and not go through the painful years like the Rays had. Lots of $ available to spend this offseason – Jays only have $14 million commited to 2012 contracts!

  4. “Put another way, Kyle Farnsworth will make more money than Manny Ramirez next season.” You are an absolute fucking moron if you actually believe that to be true.

    Manny will be collecting $14 million from the Dodgers over the next four years.

  5. * Manny will be collecting $14 million from the Dodgers PER SEASON over the next four years. Backloaded contract.

  6. @Wendy That’s true, but the the Rays are paying less for Manny than for Farnsworth. What the Dodgers are paying probably had very little to do with what manny settled for, unless he wanted to play for the Rays bad enough that they forced him to take less or go somewhere else.

  7. I wish we had Manny at that price. But I love Vernon trade. If AA had spent the past 2 weeks working on that deal, then everything else doesn’t matter. A GRAVY TRAIN to move that contarct and get back anything of value!

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