Coming off the surprising announcement that the Yankees declined arbitration to all 8 of their free agents comes this Jon Heyman article where he feels a Manny Ramirez Bronx sighting is imminent.
Before we touch upon the Manny thing, let me comment on the arbitration thing. I was surprised, to say the least, that the Yankees didn’t even offer arbitration to any of their athletes, especially Abreu. I can understand Pettitte and Mussina not getting arbitration, but Abreu? He’s clearly the most consistent offensive hitter on the team and his defense is marginal at the best. Are the Yankees that confident that a platoon outfield or a team of Matsui, Damon and Nady will do it?
That brings me to Manny Ramirez, with all of his dreadlocks. If we had an outfield of Ramirez, Damon, and Nady, we’d be defensively decent, and we could give Ramirez and Damon an occasional spell by letting Cabrera play a couple of games. As for the offensive output, we would be putting one of the most effective right-handed hitters of all time in front of A-Rod, and giving the Yankees better firepower than they had with Abreu. It makes sense all around.
The problem is? Will New Yorkers be accepting of his “Manny being Manny” attitude and his long dreadlocks?