Orioles and Manny Ramirez are apparently serious about each other

February 07, 2012 | Drew Forrester


With no true right handed designated hitter on their spring training roster, the Orioles are evidently serious about taking a gamble on the ultimate wild card, 39-year old twice-suspended-banned-substance-user Manny Ramirez.

The Orioles current right handed designated hitter options include left-fielder Nolan Reimold and 3B/1B Mark Reynolds.  The club isn’t expected to re-sign Vlad Guerrero, who joined the club last February and produced a so-so campaign in 2011.

A Major League baseball source tells WNST.net that Orioles Vice President Dan Duquette has “discussed a deal” with Ramirez and his agent and that the Orioles were “among the most interested teams” in the days following his work-out for various major league teams last month.

“It’s complicated because of his (50-game) suspension and some of the guarantees that go along with a contract for a player of his tenure,” says the source . “But Duquette seems unfazed by that.  He likes Manny.  In a perfect world, he’d sign Manny.  But it’s not that easy because of the issues.”

The issues, of course, include a brief 5-game journey with the Tampa Bay Rays last spring that ended in disgrace when Ramirez suddenly quit the team and later tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended by MLB for 100 games.  That suspension has since been reduced to 50 games after Ramirez “retired” last April.

The source says the Toronto Blue Jays were also among the teams most interested in Ramirez after his January work-out and that playing for a team in the AL East is a priority for the former Red Sox slugger.

“He still has friends and family in New York, he enjoyed Boston immensely and nothing would make Manny happier than finishing his career in the East where he gets the chance to go back to those places he enjoyed playing in and prove to those teams and their fans that what happened in Tampa Bay was a fluke,” the MLB source stated.

The source said Duquette initiated the contract discussion shortly after last month’s workout, hoping to get a jump on any other teams that might be interested.  “Dan put those feelers out right away, but Manny was impressive enough that a couple of other clubs also made contact.”

It’s believed that Oakland, Toronto, Baltimore and Cleveland expressed an interest in Ramirez.

“Someone will have to take a major gamble on Manny because of his history,” the source concludes.  “It’s not going to be an easy contract to complete because of all the complications.  But if Duquette really wants him, he can probably get him.”




12 Comments For This Post

  1. matt Says:

    if you thought the duchscherer signing was bad, lol, i cant wait for your aneurysm on this one. (DF: They’re not signing Ramirez. I know they’ve had talks, etc. But when it’s all said and done, they’re not even this dumb. Seriously. There’s no way they sign him.)

  2. eric Says:

    One O’s front office source calls this a win/win situation because they can sign him and stick him at Norfolk and if he sucks he’ll stay there and if not they can call him up in late May and give the O’s a bat and some publicity. (DF: LOL. Charles Manson is available too. Why not bring in him for the publicity? Look, it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, considering this guy after what he did in Tampa Bay. So I’ll actually half-defend the Orioles here. They’re NOT going to sign Manny Ramirez. They might be interested. But when the dust settles, they’re not even this stupid.)

  3. over40Don Says:

    who do you think will be the opening day starter for the Nationals?

  4. Marcus Halberstram Says:

    This would complete the stable of big name power hitters that show up 10 years too late. Belle, Sosa, resigning Tejada, Geronimo Beroa, Vlady and now Man Ram. The stadium should be renamed “Last Chance Park at Camden Yards”. Even entertaining this is ridiculous even by Oriole standards. The front office waits until all the big boys have finished gorging themselves on Porterhouse steak, collect all the leftover bones and make a bushman’s stew. That’s our team. Enjoy!

  5. unitastoberry Says:

    Right now Albert Belle is smiling.

  6. Tim Says:

    In the parallel universe once known as “the Oriole Way,” signing Manny makes perfect sense. Past glory. Check. Multiple teams give up. Check. Lowball contract. Check.

    Really, I have full faith in the abilities of The Law Office of Peter Angelos to succesfully navigate these murky legal waters.

  7. Vince Fiduccia Says:

    What is Barry Bonds doping (err doing)?

  8. barnyard Says:

    I really don’t know what this is all about Alfie”….Ramirez can’t be looking for a payday with all those millions he’s snagged from the Sox contract or has he blown it? In any event, if this suicide pact were to be a done deal, Manny would have to sign for chump change & the O’s would get another washed up player so the misery loves company continues. What a shame, this should be taking up with the commissioner’s office that the Orioles are purposely fielding an inferior product & not even attempting to win. How about a class action lawsuit brought by ticketholders? Surely there’s some young hot shot attorney looking to make a name for him / herself who would want to press charges. Afterall, the proff is 14 losing seasons. They, the O’s have ruined the careers of several players on this team with their non committal to winning & Adam Jones should if he has the sense, put an egg in his shoe & beat it when his contract is up. Manny, the Orioles, they deserve each other. Both are past their prime & their spirits have been broken.

  9. Pratt Says:

    If they sign him then I am officially no longer an Orioles fan. I’ll make the drive to DC. I’ll come back in 15-20 yrs when we have ‘regime change’ and if the team is still in Baltimore.

  10. f4phantomphreak Says:

    this shouldn’t surprise one single fan of the O’s, this is your typical BS, Angelos and his henchmen do it every year to put a few butt’s in the seats. God I really HATE what the Orioles have become, they are by far the laughing stock of MLB, at least Pittsburgh gave it a run last year and the Nats have a plan to get better but the O’s have nothing, nada, zip!! I would rather see the O’s field the AAA or AA farm team, they at least would be hungry to impress and they couldn’t lose any worse….. I thought I would never say this, but I’m done with the Orioles in 2012, why watch a train wreck, and I WILL NOT be going to games because I refuse to put 1 cent into Sir Peters pockets, not one red cent buddie, rant over….

  11. James Says:

    Does anyone else remember some years ago Boston was so tired of his ‘antics’ that they put him up on waivers. AND NOBODY CLAIMED HIM. Yeah he was making a half billion dollars but still he could have been had for nothing (except the remainder of his contract). He was still pretty much in his prime,surely some owner would have taken a shot if it meant a few titles. No one wanted him not even the O’s (Peter wouldn’t have paid),because he was a head case that Sigmund Freud wanted touch . Now the O’s are “listening” ( because he is Cheaper now of course). Peter has to come out of his burrow see the dark shadow Manny cast and say no thanks just like he did some years back.

  12. Joe in Fells Point Says:

    Crazy! How did Vlad work out last year? I am a White Sox fan living in Balto that cannot make the transition to the Orioles. I used to go to and watch a decent number of Orioles games but just can’t stomach it anymore. So I watch Sox games like I was back on the southside. When the Sox signed Manny (on the Dodger’s nickel) after his first steriod test and guess what? He couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield! He played about 25 games and hit one HR and one double (and the end of the stint against september call ups). Without the juice this guy isn’t the what the Orioles are looking for. Unless they know that he won’t be tested until September they shouldn’t take the chance but I am preaching to the choir now.

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