January 22, 2011 by staff
Manny Ramirez, (AP) - “Johnny Damon Manny Ramirez’’ET are becoming teammates, this time in Tampa Bay. The two outfielders free agent has agreed to one-year contracts with the Rays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday evening. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements were subject to medical examinations and had not been announced.
Damon gets to 5.25 million and the opportunity to earn bonus and 750,000 depending on attendance, the person said. Ramirez is $ 2 million.
The moves mark the first major additions to the AL East champions after a devastating offseason in which a major player after another left the Bay of cost reduction Tampa.
Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena and Rafael Soriano signed elsewhere as free agents. Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett were exchanged. A bullpen was depleted by the loss of Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Dan Wheeler, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls.
Damon and Ramirez played together for four years in Boston and helped lead the Red Sox as the 2004 World Series – ending the drought of the championship team of 86. The two colorful characters are well beyond their premiums, but if nothing else they could at least give an attraction at Tropicana Field for a team of rays, which drew only 1.86 million fans last year.
Manny Ramirez Bio
Born: May 30, 1972, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Drafted: 1st round, 13th overall in 1991 by the Cleveland Indians
Years of majors: 18
Previous teams: the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, and White Sox
Position: Outfield, DH
Bats / Throws: Right, right
Size / weight: 6 feet, 200
2010 numbers (Dodgers, White Sox combined): 90 games, 0,298 average, 9 h, 42 RBIs, 0870 OPS, 46 BB, 61 K
Notable: 12-time All-Star led the AL in OPS (on base hits over) three times and led the league in hitting once (0349 in 2002) and in both circuits (43 in 2004); won the 2004 World Series MVP with the Red Sox, reaching 0,412, 1 HR, 4 RBI, played in four World Series in 1995 and ’97 with the Indians and 2004 and ’07 with the Red Sox, has .247 average, 4 HR, 14 RBIs in 21 World Series games, 14th on the list of human resource of all time with 555 RBI and 18 career with 1830.
Staff: Is wife, Julianna, and three sons. … Was it submitted the 2009 book, Becoming Manny, written by John Rhodes and Shawn Boburg. … His eccentricities have led to popular phrase “Manny being Manny.”
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