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December 27, 2010

What's Next for Manny Ramirez?

Earlier this off season, it was reported that Manny Ramirez would be open to playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, but, apparently, the feelings between him and Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos weren't mutual.

Then, it appeared as though the New York Yankees might have been looking to enlist the services of the 38-year-old slugger.

Now, according to a tweet by ESPN's Buster Olney...Ramirez won't be taking his sideshow to the Big Apple.

Heard this: The Yankees have no interest in signing Manny Ramirez. Jorge Posada will be the full-time DH, and they have three OFers lined up

On the flip side...Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times sees Ramirez as being a potential fit for the vacant Tampa Bay Rays DH hole.

In a real-life version of musical chairs, it would seem the Rays could score a good deal here given the number of openings vs. free-agent candidates. Possibilities include Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, with (Dan) Johnson again a fallback option if they get a first baseman.

So what's next for Manny Ramirez and his lifetime .313 batting average and 555 home runs?

The guy can't play the outfield any more so the National League is out of the question and with more and more American League teams publicly saying "not interested"...can the one-time lock for Hall of Fame find a ride for the 2011 or will he be forced to sit it out?

Only time will tell.

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