What He Wished For

It's worth remembering when evaluating the evaporated market for Manny Ramirez — who should have had no trouble commanding $25 million a year for at least three years, given his performance at the end of last season — that he went into 2008 a bargain at $20 million and the Red Sox seemingly likely to pick up at least one of the two options they had on him.

But Ramirez, shortly after signing up with Scott Boras, suddenly discovered the potential benefits of free agency and did everything in his power to engineer a trade that would strip away two team options and make him a free agent this offseason.

Well, Manny got what he wished for, and other teams have certainly noticed. For example, Brian Sabean and the San Francisco Giants, a team that has long been invoked as the "other team" in the Manny sweepstakes.

"It's going to have to make business sense and it's going to have to make baseball sense with a player who certainly has a tremendous upside in the end and some warts that still leave him on the market because of what his lack of all-around play is and what his past has been in previous organizations."

If Ramirez gets less than two years or $40 million, it will go down as Scott Boras' second significant miscalculation in the same offseason. Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

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  • If Ramirez gets less than two years or $40 million, it will go down as Scott Boras’ second significant miscalculation in the same offseason. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.
    It’ll bring Boras’ record to something like 1452-2, plus or minus a couple.

    SF February 9, 2009, 9:54 am
  • This offseason has been crazy and highly unpredictable. The fact that teams are now taking character into play speaks volumes about both the importance of the team concept being the focal point of most if not all teams. I know that sounds odd but think about the Mets. They are so close to being an elite team. Adding Manny would make them the favorite in the NL easy. You can say maybe it was a money issue in say November, but in February he can come far more reasonably. He’s one of the best hitters of our time sitting at home a week before camp opens. That’s shocking.

    John - YF February 9, 2009, 10:40 am
  • you’re right on paul…most teams can’t/won’t take a chance on such an expensive head-case…if he was a $3m or $4m player, the risk would be more palatable…but, someone will sign manny eventually…ironically, it’ll probably be for the 2 years $40m that he could have received from the sox, without all the drama…some teams are probably betting that he isn’t prepared to sit out for the season, and may come around to the notion of an incentive-filled 1 year contract with an option year, which would be picked up if he performs [behaves]…

    dc February 9, 2009, 10:41 am
  • I don’t know. I mean, “character” is an issue, per se, but only because Manny’s “character” makes him miss games and/or play crappily. I don’t believe it 100%, but that’s the perception anyhow.

    Lar February 9, 2009, 11:32 am
  • The economy has something to do with it as well. But I think the economy is make teams do their due diligence on any big ticket items they bring in. In the case of Abreu, Griffey, Dunn, etc…it’s just $. Thank God Kevin Brown is retired, that guys couldn’t get a minor league deal in this market!

    John - YF February 9, 2009, 1:09 pm

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