Lew Wolff would be totally cool with the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez

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The Athletics have cast off players like crazy this winter and look to have something of a talent deficiency.  But if you go to the movies, you know exactly how a team like the Athletics solves this problem:  they dress up as a British nanny to get closer to their kids and, in the process, win back the love of their ex-wife and learn a little something about themselves.

What, you were expecting “Moneyball?” Pfft. That stuff don’t work.

Anyway, they’re also willing to consider almost anyone as long as they’re cheap and as long as they could maybe hit the ball.  That describes Manny Ramirez pretty well, and A’s owner Lew Wolff wouldn’t have any problem with his team taking a chance on Manny. From Jon Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“I really don’t see any non-baseball reason for not having him. I wouldn’t want to not have a player because he made a mistake and paid the price for it, but that’s really up to (general manager) Billy (Beane).”

Almost zero cost and a potentially half-decent reward if Ramirez could even manage to be a shadow of his former self.  It’s at least worth bringing the guy to camp, no?  It’s the A’s we’re talking about here.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.