Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Bye, bye White Sox; Hello Canada?
By Doug Padilla
It was pretty much known that Manny Ramirez wouldn’t be returning to the White Sox in 2011 and now we know where he would like to land instead.
Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com that the Toronto Blue Jays are looking very attractive right now after they hired John Farrell as their new manager. Ramirez and Farrell were together in Boston before Ramirez was dealt to the Dodgers in 2008.
"I still have a lot of baseball left in me," Ramirez said. "I think that I can still bat if I keep myself healthy, and it is less probable to have an injury playing as the designated hitter."
Now comes the real question: Do the Blue Jays want Ramirez?
Ramirez batted a combined .298 this past season with nine home runs and 42 RBIs in 265 at-bats. In 69 at-bats with the White Sox he had just one home run and only two RBIs.
After experiencing leg problems in spring training and going on the disabled list three times in 2010, Ramirez underwent surgery to repair a hernia in his left groin and will be able to resume baseball activities next month.