Per T.R. Sullivan, the Texas Rangers are considering the possibility of acquiring Manny Ramirez from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Club officials said they are considering all possibilities to improve the team and the idea of adding Ramirez's big bat is tempting. The Rangers lineup is dominated by left-handed hitters and the Rangers have been seeking right-handed balance all season.One club official said it's unlikely the Rangers will land him and predicted Ramirez would remain with the Dodgers. The White Sox are also reportedly interested."We're always looking," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We're going to look to try and improve."
Ramirez is owed $4,000,000 on his contract for this season - but only one million of it is guaranteed for this season. The other three million is in deferred money.
Sullivan goes on to say that contrary to earlier rumors, the Rangers are not interested in adding now free agent Brad Hawpe, citing that the Rangers have enough left handed bats.
Should the Rangers acquire Ramirez, their lineup becomes one of the most potent in the league. Texas would have an outfield of Ramirez, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz to go along with Elvis Andrus, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Vladimir Guerrero, Bengie Molina and either Jorge Cantu or Mitch Moreland at first.
The Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have also been linked in rumors to Ramirez.