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.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.