Duquette on Manny Ramirez
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed as soon as the name Manny Ramirez was brought up to him on Sunday night. He then glanced over his shoulder at manager Buck Showalter.
According to various reports, the slugger has applied for reinstatement but likely would have to serve a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test before he could return to the majors.
As the top executive in Boston, Duquette was the one who signed Ramirez to his massive deal when he was in his prime. So it was an obvious question to ask whether Duquette would have interest now in the 39-year-old slugger.
Duquette really wouldn’t say whether there is or isn’t interest on the Orioles’ end – it’s obviously very early in the process and there are a whole lot of questions that need to be answered. And the Orioles would prefer not to have a DH-only in 2012.
Here is Duquette’s response:
“Manny is always interesting and he’s never predictable, but I don’t know too much about the mechanics of what we would have to do or if we could do it,” Duquette said. “Manny is always a lot of fun to be around and he is very entertaining.”
By the way, according to Fox Sports, Ramirez apparently has hired agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro to represent him. The Orioles are plenty familiar with Praver. He represented former Oriole pitcher Sidney Ponson.