Manny Ramirez was signed as a player/coach for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate the Iowa Cubs. The Cubs also said that no matter what happens, they are not calling him up to the bigs. He’s there to coach and mentor young players, that’s it. Which is OK. I think Manny showed over the past couple of years that he can’t really cut it anymore. Even against Triple-A pitchers, he’s been pretty much overmatched.
But that’s cool. Because sometimes, when things go just right, he’ll connect. And we’ll get to see homemade video of it to distract us from remembering that Ramiez is basically done as a baseball player:
Like last night:
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.