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Report: A's close to signing Manny

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10:53 AM ET 02.18 | The Oakland Athletics still have strong interest in signing slugger Manny Ramirez, who presents a low-risk investment for the rebuilding franchise. If things come together, the 39-year-old would sign a deal for slightly more than the league minimum of $480,000. He first must serve a 50-game suspension without pay for violating baseball's drug policy for the second time. With no rainouts, the first game Ramirez would be eligible to play is June 2 at Kansas City. The sides could reach agreement as soon as the next few days or sometime next week, and Ramirez then likely would travel from Florida to Arizona to undergo a physical before joining Oakland's spring training camp for full-squad workouts starting Feb. 25. Pitchers and catchers report to camp Saturday.

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February 18, 2012  10:55 AM ET

First Cespedes and now Manny? It's a good thing Beane got his extension after pulling off these moves

February 18, 2012  11:05 AM ET

before pulling this moves!!!

February 18, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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First Cespedes and now Manny? It's a good thing Beane got his extension after pulling off these moves

the GM got his extension way before he ever had pull any new moves, as manny, or cespedes, at the end who knows what could be the outcome from either of this two players!!!

February 18, 2012  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

before pulling this moves!!!

I meant before...my bad

February 18, 2012  11:10 AM ET

the yankees had said good bye to burnett, the yanks can said whatever they like but just don't forget, that without burnett back in 2009 they got # 27 world series championship thanks to burnett, because if it wasn't for him then girardi would still wearing the # 27 # on his jersye or if not had being fired by now!!

February 18, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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the GM got his extension way before he ever had pull any new moves, as manny, or cespedes, at the end who knows what could be the outcome from either of this two players!!!

As far as how Cespedes turns out, we'll have to wait and see. As far as Manny goes.....I'm pretty sure we all know how that's gonna end.

February 18, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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As far as how Cespedes turns out, we'll have to wait and see. As far as Manny goes.....I'm pretty sure we all know how that's gonna end.

I just don't get why Beilly couldn't of used the Cespedes money to re-sign one of his good, young pitchers instead of always trading them

February 18, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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I just don't get why Beilly couldn't of used the Cespedes money to re-sign one of his good, young pitchers instead of always trading them

that was a way to show his discontent towards the league and to the CM, selig!!

February 18, 2012  11:44 AM ET

Muck Fanny.

February 18, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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I just don't get why Beilly couldn't of used the Cespedes money to re-sign one of his good, young pitchers instead of always trading them

It's all linked to a move the franchise hopes to make out of their current Oakland home. They'll experience a putrid slump while in their current digs. They're trading present talent for future hopefuls, and timing a resurgence for after the move.

That's the plan anyhow.

February 18, 2012  11:56 AM ET

Pulling trigger...boom

February 18, 2012  12:22 PM ET

They might as well sign him for little more than the minimum.

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February 18, 2012  12:29 PM ET

What a mess that franchise has become.

February 18, 2012  12:34 PM ET
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I hope they write a shenanigans indemnity into that contract for themselves.

They don't call it entertainment for nothing!

February 18, 2012  12:35 PM ET
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I hope they write a shenanigans indemnity into that contract for themselves.

Happy Saturday Atro.

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February 18, 2012  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

how much money does franky owe manny ?

The Dodgers owe him $8.33 million in 2012 and $8.33 million in 2013 according to ESPN LA.

February 18, 2012  01:33 PM ET

It's 9 Years Since Gary Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Mets have yet to retire his number, like they have a multitude of HOF Players. Be sure they will have a Gary Carter day this year, but not to honor Gary but to fill up the park so that they can make money on him!
God Bless Gary Carter, I don't think he's going to bless them!

 
February 18, 2012  02:01 PM ET

I know I'm in the minority. I've always liked Manny Ramirez and wish him nothing but the best. I hope he freakin' tears the league up!!

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