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