Do you guys remember the off season before this when Blue Jays fans were thrilled on a daily basis with any hint of news that suggested Manny Ramirez would be signing a contract to play in Toronto? It seemed as though he was spotted in the city every weekend last winter.
Since then, Manny signed a contract to play in Tampa Bay, got busted a second time for using a banned substance, was suspended for 100 games, retired from baseball, tried and failed to play winter ball, cancelled his retirement, got his suspension reduced to 50 games, and now wants to play baseball in the Major Leagues again this coming season. He’s now 39 years old.
Last year, the contract he signed with the Rays was a one year deal, paying him $2 million. It’s incredibly unlikely he’d sign anything greater than a Minor League contract ahead of the 2012 season. In fact, interest in the career .411 OBP / .585 SLG / .417 wOBA batter is so minuscule that the once great Ramirez has resorted to inviting scouts to watch him work out later this month.
Manny Ramirez has been reduced to the baseball equivalent of putting a profile up on Plenty Of Fish.