Manny Going Nowhere...FAST!
Hello. It's early Sunday morning, a day when the temperatures should reach 65. 65? Just four days ago it was minus 3 degrees F. That's New England for you, and I love it. On to baseball, just for a moment. The lack of solid hardball news is normal in the days between Christmas and New Years Day.
Manny Ramirez is still jobless. Brian Cashman said this a few days ago...
"We don't have any offers out there on anybody."
Peter here...he might have been fibbing. His club was just about to sign Teixeira, which they did. But Cashman was talking about Manny. What about the Mets? This is from Dan Graziano of the Newark Star-Ledger...
"...people familiar with the Mets' thinking say it's not happening. Omar Minaya loves the guy, wants him badly, but he can't sell him to ownership. Talk to people associated with the Mets, and they'll all tell you the same thing -- if the Mets were going to get Manny Ramirez, they'd have got him in July, when he was practically free."
Peter here. When Minaya said that, he meant "practcally free" because the Red Sox were desperate to rid themselves of the "Manny plague," a devasting team-breaking malady. The only cure is to jettison the cause of it, which Boston did. So the Mets are being smart. Sure, the guy can hit with the best of 'em, but his defense is spectacularly ordinary and his actions can be unspeakably derisive, even violent at times. Looney? Yes. Oh yes. Where will he end up? As the song goes, "God only knows."
That's it for today. I hope you're in the middle of a great weekend. Enjoy the warm Sunday weather if you have it. You can click on this post's title for more on the Sox, and as always, BE WELL. Skol. L'chaim. To life.