There’s been speculation from the moment the Texas Rangers signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal, on whether or not he’d get called up to the big leagues. Thus far, Manny has held up his end of the deal in Triple-A, as he’s already gone yard three times in eight games. This has gotten the attention of many, including team president, Nolan Ryan. On his weekly radio show, Ryan admitted the Rangers will mull over calling up the veteran slugger.
The Rangers are clearly buyers as we head into the second half of the season, and adding a bat or two for the stretch run is nearly mandatory for a contending team. It’s just Triple-A, but Manny is proving that he’s worthy of a roster spot, so far.
Of course there’s the other side of the coin, the one that says avoid the circus that will come along with Manny – but the Rangers already crossed that bridge when they signed him to a minor league deal in the first place. Clearly, he was brought in for this very reason. It was a low-risk move for the Rangers, and it could potentially pay off.
Ramirez would figure to face left-handed pitching and play on a limited basis. That’s what Rangers’ fans have to remember – the veteran slugger would be a regular pinch hitter and available to fill in as a DH or outfielder if needed. That’s it.
If Manny can stay hot after the All-Star break, the Rangers would have nothing to lose by bringing him up. I believe it’s really only a matter of when, because at his current pace, he would easily be a September call-up if nothing else.
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