Is Manny Heading Back To Massachusetts? (No.)

Do you realize players start reporting for spring training in two weeks? And that Manny Ramirez still doesn’t have a place to play? This guy might still be one of the top 5 hitters in the game, and he still doesn’t know where he’s going to play. Obviously, money and the length of the contract are the sticking points. But if Manny wants to play, he better take the first offer that comes across his desk. (I assume it’s this Fisher-Price Fun-2-Learn All-In-One Learning Desk).

Manny Ramirez

Well, here’s the first offer, from the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League. They can’t offer much - a two-year deal worth $24,000. But he’d be all but guaranteed to hit cleanup, and he’d be close enough to Beantown to be covered by his old friends the Boston media. What’s not to love?

From the press release:

The Worcester Tornadoes Professional Baseball Team has offered a contract to free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez for two years worth $24,000. The deal would pay the 12-time Major League Baseball All-Star approximately $3,000 during each month of the Can-Am Baseball Season. Unlike Major League Baseball, the Can-Am League operates with a salary cap, and the deal for Ramirez would be on par with other veterans in the league.

“I feel Manny would really enjoy playing in Worcester and hitting in our ballpark. Although I would be concerned about the cars traveling on I-290 during his at bats, it’s a risk worth taking,” said General Manager, Jorg Bassiacos. Director of Player Personnel Brad Michals added, “Manny certaintly has the stats to be amongst the leaders of the league next season. Although issues regarding health have surrounded him in the past, I think he will find that the shorter schedule will boost his performance to a new level and serve as the ultimate showcase for his natural skill.”

The contract was sent to Ramirez around 2:00 EST on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.

Manny, apparently, has yet to respond, unless Buster Olney’s holding out on us.