Saturday, June 22, 2013

Desperate Yankees not interested in Manny Ramirez: Cashman

Desperate times call for desperate measures and, even though they are mired in a mind-blowing offensive slump,  the New York Yankees will not consider the bold and crazy notion of bringing former major league slugger Manny Ramirez to the Bronx.

Just when it looks like your team might have to pin all of its run-scoring hopes on a 24-year-old rookie named Zoilo Almonte, it's hard for the Yankees to not to think out of the box and maybe give the quirky former Red Sox and Dodgers' hit machine a shot — even if he comes with more baggage than a Rihanna tour.

Ramirez just finished a three-month stint in Taiwan — where he batted .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 49 games for the EDA Rhinos — and says he wants back in the majors.

Is there any chance the Yankees would try pumping up the run production with Ramirez who would be a low-cost, high-profile gamble?

It doesn't sound like it, a source told Anthony McCarron of The New York Daily News.

The Yankees have “no interest at all,” the source said. GM Brian Cashman refused to talk about Ramirez, or any other player, saying, “I don’t think it’s in our best interests to announce who we’re interested in. We have an interest in someone, we’ll tell them.”

The idea of bringing Manny — and his 555 career home runs — back to his high school breeding grounds in the Bronx is a fascinating idea considering his rap sheet which includes PED suspensions and his outlandish behavior as Manny being Manny. 

Still, it's fun to entertain the thought of Manny in the lineup with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez — when the Captain and A-Rod rejoin the team sometime next month — regardless of fact that the 41-year-old Manny hasn't swung a bat in the majors since 2011 and spent only a short time with the A's Triple-A affiliate last season after serving a drug suspension.

Manny just might make a Yankees team that is unbearably hard to watch maybe just a little more watchable.

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