Remember this guy?
It’s been incredibly quiet on the Manny Ramirez front of late, which has caused a slowdown in the rest of the market as well. Talented big league hitters like Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn aren’t going anywhere until Manny finds a new home, as the pecking order plays out.
One place it does not appear Ramirez is headed will be the Yankees, despite the clamor that continues on the message boards, blogs and talk radio every day.
As part of our ongoing hot stove coverage, I was enlisted to try and break down why Manny won’t be in pinstripes next season, especially because the Yankees have already spent $423.5 million on CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira. What would be another, say, three years and $75 million?
It might seem like Monopoly money to many of us, but all signs point that the Yankees won’t be pushing for Manny. They made their choice between Ramirez and Teixeira, picking a younger player who will help them at a position of greater need for a longer period of time. And yes, they intend to come in with a lower payroll in ’09.
Sure, they never officially bowed out on Ramirez – Hal Steinbrenner says all avenues remain open, and bits of Scott Boras’ history with the Yankees (Johnny Damon, Teixeira) seems to indicate the Bombers might get a last crack once more. Hey, they write the checks.
But Brian Cashman made his stance clear in this quote: “The decisions we made this winter would complicate my ability to be aggressive in the free agent market as we move forward. I’ll leave it at that.”
My best guess? Dodgers. The full rundown of Manny’s situation, as it relates to the Yankees, will be on Yankees.com and MLB.com later today.