Teams must weigh Manny Ramirez risk
In the past two years, Manny Ramirez has been suspended on a performance-enhancing drug violation, landed on the disabled list repeatedly, frustrated some of his teammates with what they perceive to be an intermittent effort and missed 115 games.
But if he hits the waiver wire sometime in the next two weeks, as expected, he will be the source of a whole lot of head-scratching among baseball executives, because despite all those things that Ramirez isn't -- emotionally invested or an ideal teammate, for example -- he continues to be a really good hitter.
Ramirez has played in 61 games this season, and in his 186 at-bats, he's hitting .317 with a .409 on-base percentage and .516 slugging percentage. He has a .457 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position and a .976 OPS. Manny could sleep in the dugout for the next 30 days, wipe the sleepies out of his eyes and walk up to home plate -- and opposing pitchers and managers would be scared of what he could do in the clutch.
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