So many people thought the Texas Rangers were making a mistake with the signing of elder statesman Lance Berkman. They said he was over the hill and didn’t have enough left to contribute to the team the way a DH should. All Berkman did was come out on fire and prove all of the doubters about him wrong, for a couple of months. After that it seems that Berkman might have run low on fuel because he is sputtering quite a bit of late. What is the answer the Rangers come up with? Sign Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal.
I’ll give you a second to scratch your head. This would have been a steal of a deal a few years ago but Ramirez is 41 years old and has been out of Major League Baseball for quite a little bit playing in Japan. Whether or not he has anything left in his tank is frankly irrelevant. What matters here is that the Rangers have no reason to mess with him at all. There are actually DH caliber players available that are more than ten years away from qualifying for the senior citizen discount at major stores.
Hasn’t it been proven through Berkman that they need someone that has not been out of baseball at all and maybe, just maybe is in his mid-thirties? I do not understand why they would even bother with the circus that Ramirez brings with him everywhere he goes just in blind hopes that he might be able to regain some measure of his great hitting ability. If you want to replace Berkman with someone more consistent, go get someone younger for goodness sake that might even be in their prime. If you are just going to bring in someone around the same age and caliber player currently, just keep Berkman and save yourself some paperwork.