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Sanspo: Rakuten Eagles are interested in Manny Ramirez

by on Nov.03, 2012 @ 7:33 am, under NPB

According to a report by Sanspo, the Rakuten Eagles may be one of three NPB teams interested in Manny Ramirez.  The Eagles are looking for a power bat from the right-side that can hit in the middle of their line-up.  Blanco was a possibility, but Ramirez's name has recently resurfaced.

"There are no problems in terms of he his achievements and his popularity.  But we we're still looking into things like his current condition and his personality," said a team official.

Rakuten is aware of his past problems and do not plan to rush into things.  If he is healthy and is serious about playing in Japan, he could end up giving the organization the exact kind of boost they have been looking for.


The Eagles are also interested in Ryota Igarashi and may be willing to offer him a multi-year deal worth over 100M yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/3/2012

5 comments on “Sanspo: Rakuten Eagles are interested in Manny Ramirez

  1. muratafan

    Please, for the love of all good things, NO! I love my Eagles, but their track record with suketto is pretty bad. This would be an awful move and Ramirez would be a side show/freak show. The free agent signings of the past aren’t particularly good: Iwamura, Linden, Fernandez, Matsui, Ruiz, Garcia, Short, Rasner, Teredo (spelling).

    The only ones who had much value were Short, Matsui and Rasner.

    Gen, what position players will be domestic free agents this off-season?

  2. muratafan


    What’s the difference between domestic and international free agent? Is it that the team is due compensation if the player signs with another NPB team, but the team does NOT get compensation if the player signs with MLB, KBO, etc. if the player is an international free agent?

    I ask since the international free agent list has so many more and better names on it.

    Free agent signings seem to be pretty much relegated to the Hawks (Uchikawa and the cather, forgot his name, from Seibu), Giants (Murata, Sugiuchi and Houlton), Hanshin (Kanemoto from Hiroshima) and Chunichi (Wada).

    The fighters obtained Inaba (quite a while ago) via free agency, but Eagles haven’t had much luck in this area. If they could sign Blanco, that would be HUGE since the team is so bereft of HR power. Plus, there is so much parity in the Pa League, that Blanco would be a very big difference maker.

    1. Gen Post author

      The difference is just that: players with domestic FA option can sign with domestic teams, players with international FA options can sign with teams outside of Japan.

      Compensation when players sign with NPB teams are based on salary. Also, the list does not take into consideration players that are in the middle of multi-year deals. This is more an overview of all players that have earned options. Not necessarily of players that will or can exercise options.

      I wrote an explanation of the FA system a couple years back. You can read it here:

    2. Gen Post author

      I should also probably add that the “real” FA list will be posted after the Nippon Series: players have seven days, counting from the day after the last game of the Nippon Series and excluding weekends and holidays, to file for free agency. A list of players will be released on the day after the filing period. Players will officially become free agents they day after the list is released.

      So the “real” list of free agents won’t be available until then.

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