The reactions to adding Manny Ramirez have been mostly positive, but there have been detractors. To those in the latter boat, I have but one slash line for you:
That is the cumulative slash line of the primary DH’s the Rays have employed since the start of the 2007 season. Ramirez has not had a stat line that horrid since his rookie season at age 21 when he had a .502 OPS in 55 plate appearances. Even last year in his forgettable stint with the White Sox, he had a .261/.420/.319 slash line in 88 plate appearances.
Simply put, he is the best DH this club has been able to utilize since Jose Canseco in 1999 and barring a complete collapse, should be able to hurdle the DH bar set by his last five predecessors in his sleep.