Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Yankees’ Split on Manny’s Signing

According to the New York Daily News a great divide exists in the front office of the New York Yankees regarding Manny Ramirez. According to a source familiar with the Yankees’ thinking, Brian Cashman has been lukewarm to the idea of signing Ramirez, but the rest of the front office — most notably Hal and Hank Steinbrenner — believes he is precisely what the Yankees need to bolster a lineup that underachieved in 2008.

One baseball official told the Daily News that the Yankees’ interest in Ramirez is more than cursory, that they see the slugger as the perfect complement in their lineup to Alex Rodriguez, forming a 1-2 punch like he did in Boston with David Ortiz.

The official believes that the Yankees are “going hard” after Ramirez, to the point where they are willing to give him a three-year deal worth from $22 million to $25 million per year.

Two other officials are skeptical that the Bombers would commit three years to the enigmatic Ramirez, who has already seen the Dodgers make and withdraw a two-year, $45 million offer this winter. Both of them believe the Yankees will linger in the background while agent Scott Boras works to gather offers, and if the market is limited, the Yanks will try to jump in with a two-year, $50 million package.

This could be great for the Yankees actually. Manny plays in New York constantly against his former team and becomes such a thorn to the Red Sox that even if he were to only play in those games, the Yankees would love having him.

I have to admire the Yankees for making a run at anyone and everyone they covet. As bad as the economy may be, at least they are not complaining about it based on their $209M payroll total from 2008. Things must be different economywise in the Yankee World. I just better not hear about how they are broke or have no money with it comes time to renegotiate with the players’ union again.
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