20 February 2012

Manny Ramirez will be making his comeback in Oakland

Manny Ramirez, remember that guy? It sure has been a while since we have heard that name, or at least a year, but he is back, as it was announced today that he signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics. What all does this mean? Let's break it down.

One must note that since Ramirez violated MLB's drug policy a second test, he has to serve a fifty game suspension and is not elgibile to play for the A's until June 2nd when the club visits the Royals in Kansas City (that is including no rainouts).

So what should we expect to see from Manny this year? Not much. When he last played, early last season for Tampa Bay, he batted a cool .059 in five games. So expecting him to revert back to 2003 form is a little unrealistic but who knows, maybe his bat still has some pop in it and the Athletics desperately need more offense. Plus they have had made moves like this before, signing old stars in hopes that their bats come back alive like Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Nomar Garciaparra, Hideki Matsui to name a few.

This deal also probably came together due to Cuban defector Yoenis Cespades, the young and talented outfielder that Oakland paid $36 million for to help resurrect their offense, saying he had wanted to play with Ramirez.

But if there is one thing we have learned from Manny Ramirez, nobody knows what to expect out of him. Will his bat come alive? Will he tear apart the clubhouse? High-five fans in-game?

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