Impacto Deportivo Manny Report By Tim Dierkes [December 21 at 10:53pm CST]
According to a report in the Dominican newspaper Impacto Deportivo, the Yankees are on the verge of signing Manny Ramirez to a three-year, $75MM deal. The report says negotiations are advanced and an announcement would take place Monday or Tuesday. If true, this would be an incredible scoop. However, there is reason for skepticism. The money and timing just don't seem right.
A look at Impacto Deportivo's recent history:
* 11/24/08: Reported the Braves as the mystery team in on Rafael Furcal, offering four years and $52MM. The offer was inaccurate, but they did nail the mystery team. * 11/12/08: Correctly scooped the Damaso Marte signing. * 2/21/08: Incorrectly indicated the White Sox reached an agreement with Bartolo Colon. Also incorrect on a similar rumor involving the Royals. * 1/21/08: Correctly scooped the Octavio Dotel signing. * 11/18/07: Correctly scooped the Luis Castillo signing.
Impactodeportivo.com.do reports that the Yankees are on the verge of signing Manny Ramirez to a three-year, $75 million deal.
Doubtful, extremely doubtful. Still, everyone else will picking up on the report soon enough. Manny to the Yankees is a definite possibility, but it's highly unlikely that the two sides are this far along. Source: Impacto Deportivo
above from Rotoworld...just echoing what BB51 has already mnetioned.
It was bad enough with Damon, but Manny left such a sour taste in the mouth that I really would quite enjoy cheering against him at NYY. He's a HECK of a player, no getting around that fact.
This would be up there with the feeling Yankee fans had when A-Rod opted out during the WS and rumours abour him to Red Soz were abundant.
Rotoworld says it's doubtful. The source is definitely questionable. It seems weird that Boras would let this happen before Teixeira signed. It seems that he'd rather have Teix sign in Boston and then have the Yankees, Dodgers and potentially Angels and Nationals all go hard after Manny. So I'm not sure what to think yet.
Impactodeportivo.com.do reports that the Yankees are on the verge of signing Manny Ramirez to a three-year, $75 million deal. Doubtful, extremely doubtful. Still, everyone else will picking up on the Dominican-based report soon enough. Manny to the Yankees is a definite possibility, but it's highly unlikely that the two sides are this far along. On the off chance that it is, a more legitimate source will pick up on it soon. Source: Impacto Deportivo Related: Mark Teixeira, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Nationals
If it is true, I've said from the beginning that I'd be very happy with Manny in pinstripes on a 2-year deal, and so-so on a 3-year deal. That's how I feel now. It creates a bit of a logjam and a big defensive liability for 2009, but Damon and Matsui's deals are done after this year, at which point Manny can be a full-time DH.
At only 3 years, I don't think his happiness is too much of a concern. He grew up right near Yankee Stadium and would get to face Boston 20 times a year. He'd be a on a competitive team and have A-Rod hitting right in front or right behind him. And when he's on, he's still one of the most dangerous hitters in the game.
We've already had at least two topics in the past week or so about the Yankees spending, this one doesn't need to go down the same path.
If Manny or Matsui end up in LF and Damon in CF, this is an awful deal. I have nothing against Manny and would love to have him if the Yankees needed a DH, but that isn't the case. The Yankees' defense wasn't good last season and it wouldn't be smart to make it even worse.
If Damon ends up in LF and Manny as the DH and they figure out something with Matsui, then I don't have a huge issue. Although if they can afford Manny's annual salary, they should just get Tex instead.