Via Jon Bois, they’ll be playing for the Rays in 2011 –
On Friday night, it was reported that Manny Ramirez will continue his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, along with former teammate Johnny Damon. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman broke the news via Twitter:
#rays agree to terms with both damon and manny
manny, damon deals with tampa #rays only subject to physical. #doubleplay
These are two very high-profile acquisitions for the Rays, who just last month watched slugger Carlos Pena walk away in free agency. Statistically, Ramirez is one of the greatest hitters of his generation. He’ll be 39 years old on May 30th, but he remains an offensive threat — in a 2010 split between the Dodgers and White Sox, Manny posted an .870 OPS in 320 plate appearances.
Manny will be joined in Tampa by Johnny Damon. The two, of course, won a World Series together with the Red Sox in 2004. For more, check out our Johnny Damon StoryStream here.
Ramirez is expected to serve as the Rays’ regular designated hitter.
If the Rays figure out their pen this season, they’re going to be a lot better than many think they will be…