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Will Yankees make Manny push?

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  October 30, 2008 08:54 AM

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Are you ready to see Manny Ramirez trot out to right field in Fenway Park on April 24 as a member of the New York Yankees?

In today's New York Post, George King and Bart Hubbuch speculate that the Bronx Bombers may make a serious attempt to sign the former Red Sox left fielder to play in right field in the new Yankee Stadium:

Manny Ramirez doesn't fit the New York Yankees ' desire to get younger and more athletic, but several industry sources believe the Yankees will make a serious push for the free agent to play right field next year.

Though GM Brian Cashman says the top offseason priority is starting pitching, he did not rule out interest in the 36-year-old Ramirez.

"We are looking at starting pitching," Cashman said when asked about the team's interest in Ramirez. "We will see how the free agent and trade markets are."

If Ramirez did end up replacing Bobby Abreu in right field for New York, he would be part of an outfield that includes former Red Sox star Johnny Damon, Xavier Nady, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Gardner.

Dodgers GM Ned Coletti said in yesterday's Los Angeles Times that his communication with agent Scott Boras this offseason has been limited to two voice messages, meaning they might not meet in person to discuss the Manny until the general managers' meetings that start Monday.

Check out the lastest rumors on Manny Ramirez and some of the big names that could be in play (either via free agency or trade) as baseball transitions into the hot stove season in the Buzz.

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