Remember the days when the only words to describe Manny Ramirez's behavior as a Red Sox was by responding "that's just Manny being Manny"? That notorious attitude eventually led to a trade to the Dodgers, then to the White Sox and now to free agency.
Despite the attitude issues, the veteran slugger still has quite a few teams with interest in his plate productivity for 2011. Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes reports from various sources that the Angels, Rangers, Rays and Blue Jays are all interested in bringing Ramirez in for the upcoming season.
The Twins were in the mix as well but recently signed Jim Thome to a one-year deal and lost interest in Ramirez. The Angels, Rangers and Rays are reportedly the most assertive teams in the bunch.
According to the report, Ramirez is all about proving himself after last year's disappointing season, and money is not his primary concern, Rojas said. Ramirez is expected to sign by early next week.
Manny posted a .298 batting average in 90 games between the Dodgers and the White Sox last season. He also registered a .460 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 42 RBIs.