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This is what I wrote two years ago on YankeeWizard.
Manny Rameriz played the Yankees and Dodgers along until January (2009).
It was just Manny being Manny. I would have liked him to finally sign with the
Yankees for what he wants–a two- or three-year deal for more than the Dodgers
were willing to pay. (That didn’t take place).
But now Manny and Johnny Damon will play together at Tampa (the Rays).
Manny is a far more complex character than the Dodgers were willing to admit.
At one point, neither money or duration will matter that much if he gets to hit
against Boston on a regular basis. (Well, he got his wish.)
 
The last time I checked, Tampa plays in the American
League Eastern Division along with the Yankees and
Boston.

Here are the teams out of the running: Nationals, Angles, Dodgers, Boston,

and Mets. The Dodgers are piqued at Manny for not responding to a downright
decent offer. The Nationals are out of the running for two reasons: lack of money
and Manny won’t play there. Boston no longer will play his “sign-me now,
sign-me never” game, and Manny would love to get on a perennial winner just
to rub it in the Bosox face, and the only team fitting that description is the Yankees.


Remember, he will connect immediately with Bronx fans.

Well, Believe It Or Not, Half of The Ray’s Fans Are From
New York — so Manny Will Be Right At Home In The Dome.
He’s from New York. He’s electric and fans will get excited and come out in
droves just to see this superstar at the end of his prime.
Look at what he did to a sagging Dodger lineup last year. Look
what he did to David Ortiz–and Big Papi hasn’t been the
same since Manny left Boston–and you’ll understand what a
motivating factor  he can be in a lineup. Cut his hair, press his pants like
Jeter’s, shine him up, call it “the house that Hank and Hal built and Manny
filled” and he will look like a new man, which should give him
some different kind of powerful Yankee mojo.

The Washington Nationals were piqued at Manny for not
responding to a downright decent offer. The Nationals are out of the running
for two reasons: lack of money and Manny won’t play there. Boston no longer
will play his “sign-me now, sign-me never” game, and Manny would love to get
 on a perinnial winner just to rub it in the Bosox face, and the only team fitting
 that description is the Yankees.


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