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Minaya on Manny

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 05, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mets GM Omar Minaya has long wanted to have Manny Ramirez in his lineup. But those days seem over. Here’s is Omar’s take on Manny just a few minutes ago:

“He’s an offensive player. He’s been a very good player. But for us, where we are right now, where is it we’re going to invest? Our priority right now is we have to address our pitching. We have to look at that first. (Ramirez) is a free agent but today we have to look at how to improve our starting pitching and our relief pitching.”

Manny is going to have suitors, no question. But the Red Sox are out, the Mets are almost surely out and the Yankees seem to have far less interest in him than they do Mark Teixeira. Where does Scott Boras go to get competition for the Dodgers?

 
 

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28 Responses to “Minaya on Manny”

  1. BORAS fan November 5th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Looks like the Muts are going for Manny!

  2. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 5th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    If Boras has nowhere to go, it will be justice in action. Karma is a beach.

    COME BACK MOOSE!

  3. JoeT 28 in 10.... KEEP PHIL FRANCHISE!! November 5th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Off topic for a second – Jon I hope you read this:
    November 5th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Underpaid? I want to get paid $70K with great benefits and an outstanding pension for working 9 months a year. And has anyone seen the condition of NYC’s public schools? If anything the teachers are overpaid.

    I’m going to be a teacher in Florida, average salary is about 46,000 (http://www.teachinflorida.com/.....fault.aspx) and starting is MUCH lower (in the 30′s). Right now for my internship I get to the school at 7 am, work all day, stay after for bus duty, then coach. If you want to get into a decent school you have to coach as well. On an average day I will be at school from 7-6ish – so 11 hour days for 40 grand.

  4. JoeT 28 in 10.... KEEP PHIL FRANCHISE!! November 5th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    oh…. and go Yankees of course!! lol

  5. SJ44 November 5th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Scott goes to the Giants and Phillies to bid up Manny.

    Both teams have the money and the need.

  6. pat November 5th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Even when Boras has nowhere to go, he always finds somewhere to go.

    Where to find a home for a defensively mediocre LF with a big bat, a bad attitude toward the media and the ability to put butts in the seats- How about San Francisco? That formula seemed to work with Bonds.

  7. kd November 5th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    There’s always a ‘mystery team’ with Boras. In this case mystery means misery. The dodgers will hate him in a 18 months when he shuts it down and the fans stop caring at all.

    Manny needs to be in the AL. Boras didn’t get Andruw Jones the 10/200 he wanted. He got 2/36. My guess is that Manny gets 3/60 from the White Sox. They’ll have money once they trade Vasquez, and have Orlando Cabrera coming off the books

  8. aron November 5th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....l#?eref=T1

  9. AJ YANKS November 5th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Phillies.

    He would just wreck the ball in that ballpark. Look at what he did in Dodger Stadium. He goes to a team that just won the WS, has good leadership in the clubhouse, and he loves Charlie Manual.

    Perfect fit for him.

  10. mel November 5th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    AJ,

    And there just happens to be an opening in LF. :)

    Some pundit predicted Burrell to the AL. Where?

  11. Ed - looking forward to 2009 November 5th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    so no trades will be made during this meeting? hopefully tomorrow some trades will be made since its going to be the last day.

  12. Drive 4-5 November 5th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Manny is only a good citizen in the clubhouse when things are going Manny’s way. That’s what Manny being Manny is all about.

    It’s an absolute joke how Manny was portrayed in August,September and October as being such a wonderful influence after depriving Boston his best efforts in May, June and July. Boston had no choice but to dump him. Is pushing a 67 year old man leading by example?

    Since 2005, he got progressively more insufferable each year until it got to the point they actually paid the Dodgers $7mil to take him off their hands.

    Manny Ramirez is not some loveable oaf. He’s selfish prima dona who is only happy when he’s allowed his special priveleges.

  13. pat November 5th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    JoeT

    In the district I live in, starting salary BA step 1 is $51,000. MA step 1 is $55,000. The school day is 8:15 to 3:15 and the teachers don’t do lunch or bus duty. Ever think of living in NY?

  14. pat November 5th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    “The Dodgers on Tuesday night offered Ramirez a contract with the highest average salary in Dodgers history, and the second-highest average salary in major league history, Colletti told reporters Wednesday…….
    That means that the average salary offered to Ramirez was somewhere between $25.2 million and $27.5 million per year….
    Most likely, the Dodgers offered Ramirez a two-year contract worth just over $50 million. It is also possible that the team offered the slugger a three-year deal worth just over $75 million.”

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ver-in-MLB

  15. BORAS fan November 5th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Drive 4-5
    Maybe you need to chill a bit. The media has a lot of issues, but name one sports writer or story that seriously presented Manny the way you claim. Did anyone say, oh wow, Manny is the greatest teammate ever, he is completely sincere in everything he is doing, we just haven’t seen his true colors during all his time in Boston?

  16. Drive 4-5 November 5th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    BORAS fan,

    Why dont you chill while reading these for starters. If you dont get the idea after reading them, there’s planty more.

    Here’s a 2005 article about Manny

    http://community.foxsports.com.....Dealmakers

    and a 2006 article about Manny
    http://www.boston.com/sports/b....._this_act/

    and a 2007 article about Manny

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=2771039

  17. Drive 4-5 November 5th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    BORAS fan,

    Now compare the Los Angeles dodger Manny to the previously posted articles and you’ll see my point.

    http://cbs2.com/sports/dodgers.....29694.html

  18. Reacher November 5th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Boras will work it that Tex goes to either the Angels or the Red Sox leaving Manny as the only real option for the Yankees IF they want to fill the “G-Booby” offensive void. The Dodgers simply do not want to pay for a term beyond 2 years and will make an “offer” simply to show the fans that they “tried” and “hope” that Manny signs with an AL club. The Dodgers and Cashman are well aware of what Boras can do; Cash, of course, can do a pre-emptive offer for Tex but he has to do that for CC, so it’s unlikely. That’s my take.

  19. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 5th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    “Even when Boras has nowhere to go, he always finds somewhere to go.

    Where to find a home for a defensively mediocre LF with a big bat, a bad attitude toward the media and the ability to put butts in the seats- How about San Francisco? That formula seemed to work with Bonds.”

    True to both!

    Boras fan – Drive hit it right on the head with Manny. It isn’t anything he made up. All of that stuff and more was entirely public! Drive 4-5 lives right there, and I live 40 miles from the Sux so we are both much more aware of what goes on with the Sux than are people who don’t live quite as close.

  20. Knudson November 5th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Too many on this board are in denial.

  21. Tom ( you can't be neutral on a moving train) November 5th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    What happened to Manny’s knee injury? The final 2 weeks he was in Boston he couldn’t play because of his knee….

    Seems like he lied.

  22. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 5th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Tom – he was brutal during the end of his tenure there. Remember how the MRIs on his knees showed no injury? According to EEI, they held a team meeting the night before he was traded to the Dodgers and the story goes that except for one person, all of the players wanted him to disappear.

    You also had to listen to Curt Schilling on EEI to realize how horrid Manny really was, stories that Curt said never made the media. He and Manny came to blows once during spring training.

  23. JoeT 28 in 10.... KEEP PHIL FRANCHISE!! November 5th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Pat – Lived in Staten Island until I was 16 (22 now) then the family moved to Florida. Maybe I need to come back lol

  24. JoeT 28 in 10.... KEEP PHIL FRANCHISE!! November 5th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Yeah, Manny’s knees were hurt, and Carl Pavano was a great Yankee pitcher

  25. Knudson November 5th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Now why hasn’t Cashman done an “Omar” and say that he is not interested in Manny, for whatever reason? That would certainly “clear the air”, wouldn’t it?

  26. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 5th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Knudson, I don’t have the answer to that except to suggest that since Hank has publicly come out and said he finds Manny interesting, it wouldn’t be extremely smart of Cashman to come out and say the opposite. Maybe what we have to take out of the situation is that unless we hear otherwise the Yankees are not pursuing Manny? I mean Cashman doesn’t come out and give a laundry list of people he’s not interested in, but it doesn’t mean that it could mean that he is just because he hasn’t said otherwise.

    Just a thought.

  27. Knudson November 5th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Trisha, you may be right. However, I would suggest that everyone start sticking pins in a Manny doll (assuming they don’t want him in Pinstripes); Michael Kay is probably doing exactly that.

  28. Rick November 6th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Where does Scott Boras go to get competition for the Dodgers?

    Probably the same place he went to get competition for the Yankees concerning A-rod. Have the team in question compete against itself.

    I still maintain that whole A-rod “dumping” Boras and negotiating directly with the Yankees was a ploy that worked out beautifully for he and his agent. Yankees fell hook, line and sinker for it.

    They realized how badly they pissed off the Yanks, how badly they pissed off MLB by making a splash during the WS. They came up with this crazy scheme and Hank/Hal/Cashman all succumbed to it. Don’t think for a minute that Boras was out of the negotiations and had no idea what was going on until after the negotiatons were completed.


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