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Jays open to players -- Say, Manny? -- with baggage

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08:14 AM ET 11.26 | Though Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos would discuss Manny Ramirez specifically, he did say that he's not necessarily afraid of players whose reputations precede them. "It depends how significant the baggage," said Anthopoulos when asked if he had a philosophy about taking on a player with baggage. "Would it affect other players? A lot of times you hear things about players, that there are issues, but the more work you do, the more background you uncover, you find out it's not what everyone assumes. You have to weigh each case by itself. If it's the right player, the right fit, the right talent at the right price, you've got to be open to it."

Toronto Sun

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November 26, 2010  08:25 AM ET

"Or, if he'll help sell tickets in a town where few go to baseball games, you've got to be open to it."

November 26, 2010  08:28 AM ET

Manny being Manny in Canada! Think of the possibilities

November 26, 2010  08:34 AM ET

Does any other player have the baggage that Manny does?????

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November 26, 2010  09:57 AM ET
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Ramirez has so much baggage,his nickname's "Samsonite".

This dude doesnt just have baggage- he has matching luggage...

November 26, 2010  10:12 AM ET
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This dude doesnt just have baggage- he has matching luggage...

That he does, that he does... but that said I'd sign him in a heartbeat. Probably get him for next to nothing and if he were to regain even half his hitting abilities it would be the steal of the off-season. Yes he had mucho baggage, but really what do the Blue Jays have to lose? He comes back around might make em a tad bit relevant.

November 26, 2010  10:16 AM ET

What's the exchange rate on "Manny being Manny"?

November 26, 2010  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That he does, that he does... but that said I'd sign him in a heartbeat. Probably get him for next to nothing and if he were to regain even half his hitting abilities it would be the steal of the off-season. Yes he had mucho baggage, but really what do the Blue Jays have to lose? He comes back around might make em a tad bit relevant.

Very true. Honestly- it isnt outside the rhelm of thought if the Tigers cannot nail down another free agebnt like Werth or Crawford, and their plan B in Magglio Ordonez falls though (which it wont- but you never really know) The Tigers might consider him to split the DH slot with V-Mart. There are an expected 70+ games that V-Mart might be catching or playing 1st.

November 26, 2010  11:16 AM ET

Muck Fanny ...

same goes to the spammers ...

November 26, 2010  11:38 AM ET
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Muck Fanny ... same goes to the spammers ...

The Spammers now rule FN. I think they must have killed all of the mods. It's anarchy!****!!!

November 26, 2010  12:08 PM ET

Manny gives the word baggage a bad name. How about calling what he brings with him " Maggage?"

November 26, 2010  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That he does, that he does... but that said I'd sign him in a heartbeat. Probably get him for next to nothing and if he were to regain even half his hitting abilities it would be the steal of the off-season. Yes he had mucho baggage, but really what do the Blue Jays have to lose? He comes back around might make em a tad bit relevant.

if they were in any other division, they would be relevant (they finished with 85 wins last year)...

November 26, 2010  12:16 PM ET

if the blue jays offer 2, to three millions to manny ramires pr season then , ramirez should take the offer, i mean if he really wants to continue rebuild his own record as a player, i think the best place to do that its on the toronto franchise!!!

November 26, 2010  01:04 PM ET

Manny is spam.

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November 26, 2010  01:25 PM ET

I would love to see him go to any AL team that could contend with the BoSox for the pennant. He is a one dimensional player, hitter only, and his skills are fading as he ages.
More importantly, however, he is a head case and will disrupt any clubhouse, which makes the competition for the Sox less of a problem if it's an AL contender.
He's got the emotional age of a young adolescent, moody, insecure, worried about his status, and wants his own way no matter who it may inconvenience. Plus, he's a bully--see story about throwing the Sox's 62 year-old Traveling Secty to the floor in the clubhouse in Texas when he couldn't get extra game tickets.
I'd really like to see him sign with the Yankees, but his ego and the Streinbrenner's ego wouldn't fit into the city of New York together.

November 26, 2010  01:26 PM ET
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Jays are making the playoffs this year if their hitting can start getting on base before Bautista cracks homers. They have the best pitching in the AL East and led the league by a landslide in homers. They just need more men on base.

See above comment; signing Manny will kill the Jays' season.

November 26, 2010  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That he does, that he does... but that said I'd sign him in a heartbeat. Probably get him for next to nothing and if he were to regain even half his hitting abilities it would be the steal of the off-season. Yes he had mucho baggage, but really what do the Blue Jays have to lose? He comes back around might make em a tad bit relevant.

The hit the forth most homeruns in baseball history, have one of the best young pitching staffs in the game, and have tons of prospects in their system. They are pretty RELEVANT in this country. They may not draw like they use to, but they still get the TV ratings coast to coast. They may have been relevant years ago, but it took them about 6 years to long to get rid of JP. Worst gm in Jays history.

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November 26, 2010  02:04 PM ET

I don't think any team should pay to bring this cancer into the clubhouse. Seriously, players like Ramirez, Terrell Owens, Ochocinco all bring much more trouble to their teams than good. The Jays have a strong clubhouse now with youngsters willing to work hard for team goals. You bring in a noted team-killer like Ramirez, it sets the development back years. Remember the Eagles when T.O. was there - you had two cliques the McNabb Team and Owens Team. Ramirez did the same thing in LA and Boston... developed cliques with teammates and alienated others. This guy is not worth the trouble, especially now that he is out of his prime.

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