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What We Said About Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon

Manny Ramirez

Jan, 6 (reposted): Exploring The Rays and Manny Ramirez

If the chance to acquire Ramirez does present itself, the Rays would have to seriously consider making the $3 million investment. Again, he would not be the true “value” the Rays so-often seek, but the potential for adding an extra win at this point of the season is well worth the risk in additional salary.

Jan, 14: Is There Any Reason to Prefer Vladimir Guerrero to Manny Ramirez?

Over the last three seasons, Ramirez hit .311/.421/.548 while splitting time between Boston, Los Angeles, and the south side of Chicago. He turns 39 in late May. During that same time span, Guerrero hit .300/.350/.496 between Anaheim and Texas. He turns 36 in three weeks.

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I think this might be the biggie. From 1995 and 2008, Ramirez averaged 142 games a season. He’s averaged 97 games over the last two seasons. A move to the designated hitter position may assist in keeping him healthy, but it might be too late as well. Impossible to say without access to his medical charts and someone who knows what to make of those charts.

Jan, 15: The Other Reason to Prefer Vladimir Guerrero Over Manny Ramirez

Guerrero might only be worth 10-to-15 runs offensively, but his replacement could be worth negative runs, so the more Guerrero plays, the better. The same for Manny, although he figures to be worth 20-to-25 runs, his replacement could too be worth negative runs. The more playing time for the backup, the lower the total value; or, Guerrero might not out produce Ramirez individually, but the Rays’ DHs with Guerrero may outhit the Rays’ DHs with Ramirez.

Jan, 21: Johnny Damon and Rays Near Deal

The Scarlet Iscariot spent last season with the Detroit Tigers and hit .271/.355/.401 – good for a .340 wOBA – a three-year low for the recently turned 37-year-old. That line isn’t too far off from what you should expect from Damon, as his career triple slash is .287/.355/.436. Given that Comerica Park puts left-handed batters in a vice – StatCorner has their wOBA park factor at 96, and their other factors at 97 (single), 92 (double, 110 (triple), 90 (home run) – you should expect to see Damon’s power production perk up with a move to Tropicana Field.

Damon is going to walk (five straight seasons with a walk rate between 10-11.3%) and hit for some average. Although he’s known as a leadoff hitter, the Tigers used him primarily in the second and third slots last season. Something I would not be surprised to see the Rays replicate this season, perhaps as the Carl Crawford replacement. He really knows how to work an at-bat too, with pitch per plate appearance totals over four in five consecutive seasons and seven of the past eight.

Any concerns about Damon versus lefties are probably overblown. Yes, his OPS are in the .700s versus same-handed pitchers, but he still manages to get on-base versus them; with OBP of .365, .332, and .342 the last three seasons. As a bench mark, consider Crawford’s recent OBP versus lefties: .312, .325, .293.



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