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Friday, June 21, 2013
Would you want Manny?

By Andrew Marchand

Manny Ramirez and Robinson Cano
Could Manny Ramirez give Robinson Cano some much-needed protection in the Yankees' lineup?
NEW YORK -- The Yankees can't hit.

It is scary bad.

They have lost seven of nine games entering Friday night and scored a grand total of 15 runs in those seven losses.

So would you want them to sign a now 41-year-old Manny Ramirez?

Manny wants to return to the majors. He may be steroid-tainted, but he is still one of the greatest hitters of all time. Could it happen?

"Can't see him in the Bronx given all the baggage he brings," one official with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking said Friday afternoon.

With Alex Rodriguez already embroiled in the Biogenesis scandal, do the Yankees want to bring in someone else linked to the Miami clinic?

Maybe not, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Ramirez batted .352 with 8 homers and 43 RBIs in 49 games for the EDA Rhinos in the Taiwan professional baseball league before deciding not to finish his contract.

"I don't have other offers, but I'm not retiring. I love this game too much as to give it up when I can still play," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from Taiwan. "Dominicans adore playing baseball. Why would I stop playing if I have the conditions to do so?"

"My contract [in Taiwan] ends on June 25, but I decided to finish it a week early to spend time with my family in Taiwan and then wait for an offer from Japan or the United States," Ramirez said. "Thank the Lord, doors will stay open. The general manager offered me to play or be batting coach. I'm leaving on good terms. I have a plane ticket to return to the U.S. on Monday."

The baggage might be too much, but he couldn't be worse than Vernon Wells is right now, could he?

QUESTION: Would you want the Yankees to sign Manny Ramirez?