Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner is said by people close to him to want Manny Ramirez in pinstripes. Unlike his father, who dreaded dreadlocks, Steinbrenner the junior is said by a Yankees person "not to give a (hoot) about his hair.''The Yanks should take the $20 million they apparently are willing to give Manny and give it to Teixeira. Yes it will be a much longer deal - probably five or six year longer - but Teixeira is younger actually fills a real need; first base. The Yanks already have enough corner outfielders/DHs, they don't need another. What they do need is a switch-hitting, gold glove first baseman.
With about $160 million going to Sabathia, Mark Teixeira is all but out of the Yankees' picture. But even if they sign three free-agent pitches -- and if they don't get either Derek Lowe or A.J. Burnett, with Ben Sheets next on the radar -- the Yankees are mulling a run at Ramirez. The Dodgers have been pursuing Ramirez, and if the Angels miss out on Teixeira, they might join the Manny fray as well.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
From Jon Heyman: