Call me crazy, but I would offer more than $800K for Manny Ramirez

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Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was asked about the possibility of the team going after Manny Ramirez the other day.  Specifically, he was asked about Ramirez’s reputation as a pain in the butt.  Anthopoulos’ response: “You have to weigh each case by itself. If it’s the right player, the right fit, the right talent at the right price, you’ve got to be open to it.”

This makes perfect sense to me, as does the notion that Ramirez would be a good fit in Toronto.  What has me scratching my head a bit is the sentiment out there that has Manny only being worth a nothin’ contract with tons of incentives.  This morning Buster Olney said “if he is willing to accept an $800,000 base salary with a lot of incentive clauses,” teams would maybe think about signing him.

Really?  Heck, if he’d take $800K I’d consider him for my everyday left field slot.  No, he’s not what he was, but last year he was injured a lot. When he did play, his rate stats were .298/.409/.460.  That ain’t bad.  And if I were a betting man I’d wager that if he plays DH someplace next year he’ll outperform Vlad Guerrero’s 2010.

$800,000?  I’d offer the guy a few million.

Rays to start relievers in all three games of weekend series with Orioles

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays will start a reliever in each of the three games of the club’s weekend series at home against the Orioles. Sergio Romo will start Friday, Ryne Stanek will start Saturday, and Romo will start again Sunday. The Orioles’ starters are TBA at the moment.

This continues the trend that drew attention last weekend, resulting in Angels third baseman calling the strategy “bad for baseball.” I wrote about the potential labor impacts of this strategy as well. The Rays did it against the Angels because they had a right-hander-heavy top of the lineup and didn’t want lefty Ryan Yarbrough to have to face that top of the lineup three times.

The O’s have a righty-heavy top of the lineup as well, as various combinations of Trey Mancini, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and Jonathan Schoop have batted 1-2-3-4 for most of the season. Romo has limited right-handers to a .702 OPS this season.