Why the Phillies Should Grab Manny Ramirez

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1. He posted an on-base percentage above .400 in his age 37 and 38 seasons (.418, .409) with considerable power (.241, .162 ISO) in a limited amount of playing time.

2. His less-than-savory personality traits — if true — are irrelevant. What, his perceived issues as a teammate are going to drop the Phillies from nine games back to 20? The upside is that he helps reverse the recent freefall in which the Phillies have lost 10 of their last 13 games.

3. He wouldn’t take meaningful playing time away from anyone important. John Mayberry has a .599 OPS and Juan Pierre‘s contributions are heavily overrated because of a gaudy .326 batting average. Man-Ram’s defense would be a downgrade but would be more than made up for if he gets back to his 2009-10 ways, which is not inconceivable.

4. He would be very cheap to acquire. Ramirez signed a Minor League contract with the Athletics that would pay him a salary of $500,000 if promoted. The Phillies would need to guarantee Ramirez MLB playing time to entice him to sign, but he has no leverage in asking anything more than what he was getting from the Athletics.

5. It would be a very interesting signing that would help cull some of the angry fan sentiment at least for a short period of time. The upside is that he becomes a fan favorite like Pedro Martinez; the downside is that he struggles and fans lose faith in him, in which case you’re back where you started.

6. Ramirez could potentially be a trade chip. Teams are looking at Jim Thome after his recent inter-league hot streak and the Phillies will have to get creative to keep his bat in the lineup when they return to NL play. Maybe Ramirez catches fire as well, and if the Phillies don’t make up significant ground by the middle of July, they can flip Ramirez to a contender for a living, breathing Minor Leaguer that could be of use in the near future.

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  1. Mike

    June 19, 2012 06:30 AM

    My initial reaction is “Dear sweet God are you out of your mind??!!”

    The reality reaction is… meh. He can’t make things much worse, and he has a slight chance of making things slightly better.

    Sure, what the hell. A pathetic, desperate season requires pathetic, desperate clutching at straws.

    I’m getting the feeling that this season may be 1979 all over again. Hopefully next season will be a return to normalcy. And winning.

  2. Ryne Duren

    June 19, 2012 08:02 AM

    yea i changed my mind bring manny on board bill so after this years over i can read on this site what a stupid thing rube did! how can amaro bring an old washed up player who can’t run, can’t hit, can’t field, can’t throw to the right base! and where is manny when ya need him? he’s in the clubhouse taken a dump!

  3. philly forever

    June 19, 2012 01:23 PM

    THIS GUY IS ANOTHER TERRELL OWENS. COCKY, NOT A TEAM PLAYER, AND WILL FOLD BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER.

  4. Jeff

    June 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    This is exactly what the phillies need. A little shot in the arm( no pun intended). A little excitement, a different personality. His antics on the field are overstated, this guy is fun. But mote importantly he can creaking crush a baseball. I don’t want here he’s forty, look what thome is doing at the same age. Bottom line: he’s a career 300 hitter with a 400 obp, he will hit the long ball because its citezens bank park, we can get him cheap, he will bring in money.. whether its merchandising ticket sales whatever. Make the move ruben, its a win win win situation.

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