December 5, 2011 |
DALLAS - The suddenly splurging Miami Marlins landed their second big free agent in a matter of days, agreeing Sunday night to a $106 million, six-year contract with all-star shortstop Jose Reyes , a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The Marlins gave the NL batting champion a deal that includes a club option for 2018 that would make the contract worth $120 million, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
September 23, 2011 |
Wow, the Yankees' Russell Martin must really not want to run the risk of facing Tampa Bay or Los Angeles in the playoffs. If not, why would he give Boston (11-4 against New York this season) great bulletin-board fodder such as this to light a fire under the fading Red Sox, up 21/2 games on the Rays and Angels in the AL wild-card chase? "I hate the Red Sox," the all-star catcher said Thursday, contemplating the three-game series in New York this weekend. "Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me. " (Of course, it could be reverse psychology - maybe he just wants the Red Sox to think he wants them out, because then they'll press to stay in, and he really doesn't want the Rays to win, unless it's really the Angels he wants . . . ow, head-game headache!
April 10, 2011
Terry being Terry about Manny being Manny After manager Red Sox Terry Francona heard Friday that his former star performer, Manny Ramirez , was going to retire rather than face a potential 100-game suspension for allegedly violating baseball's substance abuse policy a second time, the Boston skipper needed time to mull it over. "I thought about it last night a little bit, and I think my answer is I really don't have a comment," Francona said Saturday before his team lost to the Yankees.
August 31, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Charlie Manuel understood what "Manny being Manny" meant long before most. Manuel managed Manny Ramirez at triple A in 1993. Then, he was hitting coach and manager for the Cleveland Indians during Ramirez's six full seasons there. "The more money he got, the more he hit, the more they let him be Manny," the Phillies' manager said. On Monday, Ramirez wasn't playing against the Phillies as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Instead, he was en route to Cleveland to join the Chicago White Sox for a pennant-race boost.
August 28, 2010 |
He's done both coasts. Time for the Second City? Manny Ramirez may be moving the grating but sometimes-entertaining "being Manny" operation to Chicago. The White Sox were awarded a waiver claim with exclusive rights to make a deal to acquire Ramirez, 38, by 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jayson Stark of ESPN reported, citing a source monitoring the waiver wire. The Associated Press later reported the same thing, also citing an unnamed source. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Ramirez on trade waivers Wednesday.
July 4, 2010
The Oakland A's put lefthander Dallas Braden on the 15-day DL with elbow stiffness. Braden, who hasn't pitched since June 22, was scratched from his scheduled start in Baltimore on Tuesday. Dodgers. Manny Ramirez is back on the 15-day DL due to lingering problems with his right hamstring, retroactive to Tuesday. Rays. Centerfielder B.J. Upton returned Saturday after missing four games with a quadriceps injury. He had his first start at Minneapolis since a dugout confrontation with Evan Longoria.
February 23, 2010 |
Manny Ramirez is known for saying some curious things. This is his latest pronouncement: The Dodgers star insists his days in LA are numbered. "I know I'm not going to be here next year," Ramirez said yesterday. Ramirez' contract expires after this season. Why is he so certain he won't get an extension? "I don't know," he said. "I just know I'm not going to be here. " At 37, Ramirez is heading into his 17th major league season. The former World Series MVP served a 50-game drug suspension last year and, for him, was hardly a force: .290, 19 home runs, 63 RBI. Ramirez threw out the possibility that he could retire after 2010.
October 21, 2009 |
This is that precious swatch of the endless season when baseball players lean forward and absorb the nuance of every pitch. Even if they aren't in the game, whether in the dugout or the bullpen or even in the clubhouse, there is nothing more important than what happens next. Unless you're Manny Ramirez, of course. What was Ramirez, who had been removed from Monday's game in the bottom of the ninth for a defensive replacement, thinking when Jimmy Rollins doubled into the gap to score the tying and winning runs and beat his Dodgers?
October 16, 2009 |
Manny Ramirez was so quiet. You knew that couldn't last. At the time of his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy, Ramirez was batting .348 with six home runs. He finished the season at .290 with 19 homers. Almost unMannylike at times, to coin a phrase. But the postseason is his season, and what started in the division series against St. Louis came thundering home with his two-run home run in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Phillies last night at Dodger Stadium.