Yankees: no interest in Ramirez
The New York Yankees have ``absolutely no interest whatsoever'' in picking up Manny Ramirez off waivers, an industry source told the Globe Thursday afternoon.
The Red Sox placed Ramirez on irrevocable waivers on Wednesday, according to baseball sources. Teams have until 2 p.m. Friday to make a claim for Ramirez.
The Yankees, who were one of the teams thought to have enough money to pick up the rest of Ramirez' contract (5 years, $101.5 million), are now apparently out of the running.
Other teams said to have an interest in Ramirez include the Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Baltimore and the New York Mets.
If no team claims Ramirez, he will remain with the Red Sox next season.
Ramirez hit .325 this year, one point behind teammate Bill Mueller for the AL batting title, and had 37 homers and 104 RBIs. The Red Sox won the wild card and advanced to AL championship series before losing to the New York Yankees in seven games.