Speaking in Spanish in his first interview of the year, Manny Ramirez told the Los Angeles Times Saturday that he didn't know when he would sign or with whom, but that he was confident a deal would get done. "We're in the seventh inning and I'm waiting for my pitch," said Ramirez. "I know that if I play six more years, I could get to my 3,000th hit and, who knows, maybe my 700th home run."
Ramirez, who turned down the Dodgers' one-year, $25 million offer last week, is still thought to be seeking a long-term deal.
Ramirez said that he has had a couple of conversations this winter with Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who told him that he was wanted back. "I felt very proud of what we did there," Ramirez told the Times. "But we have various options that we're looking at."
Might one of those options be the Giants? From general manager Brian Sabean's comments to the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, nothing appears to be in the works.
"It's going to take a special set of circumstances," Sabean told the Chronicle. "It's not going to be a long-term contract. It's not going to be at the dollars being speculated. It's going to have to make business sense and it's going to have to make baseball sense with a player who certainly has a tremendous upside in the end and some warts that still leave him on the market because of what his lack of all-around play is and what his past has been in previous organizations."