(Image Source: Deadspin.com)

 

BY TOM MARTIN

 

Fresh off his recent retirement, Manny Ramirez will make his revivalist return to baseball Friday -- this time as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

 

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal thinks Mannyball and Moneyball make a fine fit:

 

“Manny, at this stage of his career, is the ultimate low-risk investment. The A’s, quite frankly, have nothing to lose. The way they see this, Manny is like a one-dollar stock option.”

 

Manny’s minor league deal is for a relatively cheap half mil -- and depending on his performance, he’s either a low-cost steal or an easy-to-afford cut. MLB.com’s Richard Justice wonders which Manny will materialize.

 

“There's no way of knowing if he has anything left in the tank. He's three years removed from his last really productive season … Now, his career is hanging by a thread. He'll be 40-years-old by the time he serves a 50-game suspension [for steroid use], and who knows how long it'll take him to play himself into shape?”

 

Some say Manny’s best days are behind him -- but could he still contribute? Athletics Nation thinks he could transfer a few tips to Oakland’s youth movement:

 

“The other thing is maybe Manny can help teach [Yoenis] Cespedes a few things or two about hitting … If you're going to have a 26-year-old adjusting to life in the bigs, why not have him learn some things from arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of our generation?”

 

Manny, the role model? The San Jose Mercury News’ Mark Purdy disagrees. He thinks Manny could end up blocking more paths than he paves:

 

“His presence might have some value as an amusing sideshow unless you actually care about the A's alleged rebuilding plan … Ramirez is hardly in the setting-an-example business. And he will take away some at-bats from the younger talents … What, then, is Ramirez doing in an A's uniform?”

 

ESPN’s Buster Olney, says, this deal is much more complex than that. Behind a short-term Manny signing is a long-term A’s plan:

 

“It’s all about loading up for 2015-2016. They’re hopeful that at some point they’re going to get some positive resolution from major league baseball to build a ballpark in San Jose.”

 

Til then, the A’s will take their chances with Ramirez -- that is, once his 50-game suspension has passed.

Moneyball Meets Mannyball: A's Sign Suspended Ramirez

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Moneyball Meets Mannyball: A's Sign Suspended Ramirez

(Image Source: Deadspin.com)

 

BY TOM MARTIN

 

Fresh off his recent retirement, Manny Ramirez will make his revivalist return to baseball Friday -- this time as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

 

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal thinks Mannyball and Moneyball make a fine fit:

 

“Manny, at this stage of his career, is the ultimate low-risk investment. The A’s, quite frankly, have nothing to lose. The way they see this, Manny is like a one-dollar stock option.”

 

Manny’s minor league deal is for a relatively cheap half mil -- and depending on his performance, he’s either a low-cost steal or an easy-to-afford cut. MLB.com’s Richard Justice wonders which Manny will materialize.

 

“There's no way of knowing if he has anything left in the tank. He's three years removed from his last really productive season … Now, his career is hanging by a thread. He'll be 40-years-old by the time he serves a 50-game suspension [for steroid use], and who knows how long it'll take him to play himself into shape?”

 

Some say Manny’s best days are behind him -- but could he still contribute? Athletics Nation thinks he could transfer a few tips to Oakland’s youth movement:

 

“The other thing is maybe Manny can help teach [Yoenis] Cespedes a few things or two about hitting … If you're going to have a 26-year-old adjusting to life in the bigs, why not have him learn some things from arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of our generation?”

 

Manny, the role model? The San Jose Mercury News’ Mark Purdy disagrees. He thinks Manny could end up blocking more paths than he paves:

 

“His presence might have some value as an amusing sideshow unless you actually care about the A's alleged rebuilding plan … Ramirez is hardly in the setting-an-example business. And he will take away some at-bats from the younger talents … What, then, is Ramirez doing in an A's uniform?”

 

ESPN’s Buster Olney, says, this deal is much more complex than that. Behind a short-term Manny signing is a long-term A’s plan:

 

“It’s all about loading up for 2015-2016. They’re hopeful that at some point they’re going to get some positive resolution from major league baseball to build a ballpark in San Jose.”

 

Til then, the A’s will take their chances with Ramirez -- that is, once his 50-game suspension has passed.

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