The Manny Ramirez rumors will no longer mention the Blue Jays, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Jays are apparently out on their “pursuit” of the 39-year-old. “The Toronto Blue Jays showed interest at one point, but the talks failed to progress, sources said,” Rosenthal writes.
After Rosenthal mentioned back on February 3 that the Athletics and Orioles were the two teams most interested in signing Ramirez, Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes threw the Jays into the mix, saying that they were one of the teams that sent scouts to watch the slugger take swings at an indoor batting cage in Florida.
Though Ramirez was officially reinstated from the restricted list by Major League Baseball, the main issue with him for clubs is obviously his 50-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. According to Rosenthal, however, Ramirez would be able to play in regular spring training games, extended spring training games, work out for MLB clubs during the season as long as the gates are closed and play in the minors on a 10-game rehab assignment once his suspension neared its end.
While it’s unlikely that the Jays were ever seriously interested in the nine-time Silver Slugger, surely a lot of baseball fans are curious to see if he makes his way back to the Majors.