Manny Ramirez is quickly running out of potential landing spots.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said earlier this evening that he doesn’t see Ramirez as a fit.
Duquette has played things pretty close to the vest in regard to Ramirez since being hired by Baltimore, but the club did send scouts to watch the 39-year-old take batting practice in Miami. However, they appear content to start spring training with their current roster.
Athletics general manager Billy Beane told Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group earlier this afternoon that he’s still hoping to sign a “middle-of-lineup DH.” While he wouldn’t address any specific players, Oakland looks like Ramirez’s best chance — and perhaps the only option — to resume his MLB career. As we learned last weekend, the A’s are also reportedly considering Magglio Ordonez.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that there is a “one million percent” chance Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will opt out once the season ends.
Just going by the math this makes perfect sense, of course.
Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees before the 2017 season. Pursuant to the terms of the deal he’ll make $15 million a year in 2020 and 2021 (he was given an $11 million signing bonus that was finished being paid out last year). This past season the qualifying offer was $17.9 million. Craig Kimbrel of the Cubs just signed a deal that will pay him $16 million in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (he’s making a prorated $16 million this year). Other top closer salaries at the moment include Kenley Jansen ($19,333,334); and Wade Davis ($18 million).
It’s fair to say that Chapman fits into that group and, I think it’s safe to say, more teams would take him than those guys if they were all freely available. As such, Chapman opting out to get more money makes all kinds of sense. Heck, opting out, getting slapped with a qualifying offer, accepting it and then hitting the market unencumbered after the 2020 season would stand him in better financial stead than if he didn’t opt-out in the first place.
The question is whether the Yankees will let it get that far or whether they’ll approach him to renegotiate the final couple of years on the deal or to add some years onto the back of it. If they’re smart they will.