Ramirez price tag may be too high

Updated: October 30, 2003, 11:10 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Was the Red Sox placement of Manny Ramirez on waivers timed to coincide with the meeting of the Yankee braintrust in Tampa? Given that the Yankees are about the only team who could afford Ramirez's pricy salary (unless Tom Hicks of the Rangers wanted to really go nuts and add another $20 million-plus salary to A-Rod's), it would seem so. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald is dead on when he writes that, "Steinbrenner is a difficult employer to predict. His, or the Yankees', decision on whether or not to pick up Ramirez will be fascinating."

  • By making Ramirez available, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times believes the Red Sox are trying to free up money to pursue Bartolo Colon and Kevin Millwood -- two pitchers that would shore up their rotation nicely. The Yankees need pitching, too. Do even they have enough money to afford Ramirez and either one or both of Colon and Millwood?

  • Sean McAdam of the Providence Journal writes that the Yankees might not be the only game in town for Ramirez. He suggests that the Mets -- long in need of production from somebody playing the outfield -- could bite on the moody superstar. He also suggests the Orioles might have the money to sign him while the Angels and Dodgers would be less likely possibilities.
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