The Manny Ramirez era in the Oakland Athletics organization is officially over as Ramirez requested his release and the A’s granted the request. When he signed the move was a low-risk, high reward signing and the belief was after Ramirez sat out the first 50 games that he could add a presence into the A’s lineup. Yet, the A’s weren’t willing to rush Ramirez up to the Major Leagues after he served his suspension and began his 2012 season in Triple A Sacramento where he also struggled with injuries as well.
At the time of his release Ramirez was hitting .302 with no home runs, three doubles, 14 rbi, five walks and 17 strikeouts in 63 at-bats.
His lacking of power while in Sacramento and even with Yoenis Cespedes struggling with a hamstring injury of late the A’s have hit for more power in 2012 and most recently the A’s have been getting production from Brandon Inge, Seth Smith and Brandon Moss. While Josh Reddick continues to produce.
Another issue for the A’s if Ramirez have been the corresponding roster move and it would have meant a pitcher would have been sent down as the A’s don’t have much depth when it comes to position players as the bench includes Adam Rosales, Josh Donaldson, Jonny Gomes and Collin Cowgill. The relievers that the A’s have are Evan Scribner, Jim Miller, Jerry Blevins, Sean Doolittle, Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour and Ryan Cook. Balfour and Fuentes have had their struggles this season and yet one of them is one of the higher paid players on the A’s roster.Scribner would have been a likely choice, yet the A’s do need to make a roster move for when Tyson Ross starts on Saturday with Brandon McCarthy still not ready for a start due to his shoulder injury.
So, the only way that Ramirez would have been called up is if Cespedes’ hamstring injury landed him on the disabled list and at the moment Cespedes is still listed as day-to-day. With what little time that Ramirez had to make a Major League roster he made a decision in hopes that he’ll be able to sign.
Ramirez acknowledged this by saying “the A’s treated me amazingly during all this time, but sadly didn’t have space for me and this is something I can’t control. I’m going home to continue my training hoping to get the chance to play again.”
When Ramirez was first introduced with the A’s he did provide entertainment as he mistook Brett Anderson for the A’s video coordinator.