Ah, the free agent watch is in full swing, and I read this nice little bit from Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman this morning that made me laugh and cringe at the same time.
Sometimes I wonder where he gets his intelligence from.
The Blue Jays, Orioles and Yankees might be feeling better about coming closer to Ramirez's wish of at least a five-year deal since they could eventually utilize the great right-handed hitter as a DH. Toronto badly wants to upgrade its offense, Baltimore appears serious about becoming a player for multiple free agents (the Orioles are also looking at Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett) and the Yankees are expected to be the biggest free-agent force this winter.Baltimore is interested in Manny? Or this some imaginary scenario coming out of Jon Heyman's head. We all know he is a great player, but seriously -- and I mean seriously -- do we want a guy who obviously dogged it on the Red Sox to be a leader in the clubhouse?
It's all well and good what he did with the Dodgers, but do the Orioles want the headache if he decides he wants out. I can see if they were a player or two from contending, but do we want to spend umpteen amounts of money on the a guy who is on the wrong side of 30?
Manny will bring in fans, and some renewed interest with the Baltimore organization, but you want to take the chance of he having a tantrum in the middle of the season?
I say pass.