Report: Multiple team interested in Manny Ramirez
The Indians got a big lift from 42-year-old Jason Giambi last season as they made a run to the postseason. Could they turn to another member of the 40-plus club this season for a boost?
It might be a far-flung idea, but Manny Ramirez is reportedly looking to make another run at continuing his pro baseball career. Per MLBTradeRumors.com, "multiple teams" are interested in ManRam.
Manny has interest from several #MLB teams, no timetable on a possible decision just yet. But Ind. lg is not on the radar
— Zach Links (@ZachLinks) April 18, 2014
The former Indian last played in a major league game in 2011 at the age of 39 for the Tampa Bay Rays. That lasted only five games before he retired rather than face a suspension for violating the league’s PED use policy.
In an interview with Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports in March, he admitted using banned substances and said he has learned from his mistakes.
"In your life, you’re going to mature," Ramirez said. "Sometimes you’ve got to fall and get up to know who you really are. That’s what happened to me. I fell. I got up. Now I know what I really want in life."
The enigmatic slugger first came up with the Tribe, for whom he hit .313 with 236 homers and 804 RBIs in eight seasons from 1993-2000. He is ninth all-time in both slugging (.585) and OPS (.996) while his 555 career home runs are 14th.
Giambi played in 71 games for the Indians last year, and though he hit only .183 for the season, he smacked nine home runs and with 31 runs driven. He mixed in a handful of clutch hits and played a major role in building strong chemistry in the clubhouse as the team won 92 games.
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