Earlier this week, MLBTR translated a quote gathered by ESPN’s Enrique Rojas (the real one), suggesting that Manny Ramirez is likely to sign a contract by the beginning of next week. Then, today, T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers beat reporter for MLB.com (he’s in the Jordan Bastian category of worth following even though he’s not writing about your team), posted a quick blog entry mentioning that “the Rangers are pursuing free agent outfielder/designated hitter Manny Ramirez.”
Signing Ramirez would likely mean changing Michael Young’s position for the fourth time since he became a Ranger, moving him from DH, where he had planned to start after the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre, to first base, meaning that Mitch Moreland would end up being the odd man out.
If Ramirez does sign with the Rangers, it likely means that the Blue Jays are without a dance partner at the veteran DH type ball. Rumours are swirling that Johnny Damon is close to a deal with Tampa Bay, and after losing Hideki Matsui, the Los Angeles Angels seem to be more willing to settle for an encore of the Vladimir Guerrero show after a one year hiatus.
While Ramirez may not possess the same power that he has in the past, he’s still the type of hitter who can put up an .869 OPS in a down year. Hitting in front of left handed Josh Hamilton in the Texas lineup would likely cause fits for managers trying to utilize their bullpen in late innings.