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With nothing else going on in sports, I, for one, am glad we still have Manny Ramirez to count on to make news.According to ESPN's Jayson Stark...the 2004 World Series MVP had a workout in Florida a couple weeks ago for Japan's Fukuoka Softbank Hawks...but the workout "didn't go well."This, from Rotoworld.com:
"The Japanese don't like 'baggage' in a player," the source told Stark, "no matter how talented he might be." We're not sure why the Hawks didn't know about Manny's baggage before the workout, but, regardless, it appears that heading overseas might not be an option for the 39-year-old. Ramirez wants to return to baseball next season, but if it's with a major league team, he'll have to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive PED test.
Back in April when Ramirez disappeared from the baseball world, I hoped that that wouldn't be the last we heard of the slugger.And something tells me...dude&...
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At the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline, one name mentioned on every rumor site was B.J. Upton. The deadline came and went, and Upton remained in Tampa. People were somewhat surprised. But the non-trade turned out to be for the best for the Rays. Upton put up a .280/.377/.497 line the rest of the season to help the...
With all the rumors swirling about a possible B.J. Upton trade, the Rays have to consider who will be their outfielders of the future. Upton will not be a part of the picture as he’s one year away from free agency and is extremely unlikely to give the Rays a discount. They have Desmond Jennings and apparently Matt Joyce assured occupying two of their outfield spots in the coming...
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The Nationals have long been considered the team most interested in trading for BJ Upton. And it is no secret...
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