Manny Ramirez will be back in Los Angeles Monday to renew his love affair with the city, but before his career ends he hopes to be reunited with his first love: the Cleveland Indians.
“I would like to play for Cleveland one more time, to go back where I started,” said Ramirez, with the Dodgers playing their home opener Monday against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. “I have so many good memories there, why not?
“I think to go back where you started is everyone’s dream.”
I predict that the local media will start whining over this, with the usual bellowing of “we’re paying him how many millions and he doesn’t even want to be here?” The timing, I will admit, is not particularly great considering that the home opener is today, but you know what? This isn’t that bad. I don’t think anyone should expect that Manny’s ending his career in Dodger blue. He’s going to be here in 2009 and possibly 2010, pending his opt-out, and he’s going to have to end his career in the American League as at least a part-time DH. While I do wish he wasn’t talking about it so openly on April 13th, it’s not unreasonable to admit that he’s thought about it.
Speaking of players no longer being Dodgers, Tony Jackson says that Juan Castro is being added to the roster today and sort-of-but-not-really tells us how that’s going to happen:
He will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque in the morning. No word on the corresponding roster move. I do have a pretty good idea of what it will be, but I’m also fairly sure the player who is going down hasn’t been told yet, so out of respect for that, I’m going to hold off on speculating. But I’m sure you can figure it out. As for clearing a 40-man spot, I’m guessing Delwyn Young has been traded for a sack of balls, probably to Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Philly, all of whom were scouting him on his rehab assignment. But again, that’s only a guess, and it’s also possible he will be DFA’d if no deal was reached.
We’ll save the Young farewell tour until it actually happens, though you can imagine what my reaction would be. (Shades of Cody Ross, I’m thinking). But for the active roster move, well, that has to be Blake DeWitt, doesn’t it? I’m sure the rationale will be “we want him to play every day”, and that’s very defensible. I just hate the idea that in this game of roster musical chairs, DeWitt might get farmed out, Young might get shipped out, and Juan Castro, the most inferior of the three, would end up with a spot. More on this as it actually occurs.
Update: as expected, DeWitt was sent down to AAA to make room for Castro. The blade is currently hanging over Delwyn Young’s head…
Update #2: according to a press release the club just sent out, Young has been designated for assigment. The Dodgers now have 10 days to trade or release him; I’ll save the ‘so long, Panda’ speech until that happens.