Throughout different times when he was made available through a trade or as a free agent, many wondered if the New York Yankees would sign Manny Ramirez, or make a trade to acquire the former MLB slugger. After a couple of rather disappointing stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics after wearing out his welcome as a member of the Boston Red Sox, Ramirez just wrapped up his contractual duties with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional League. In 206 at-bats, Ramirez batted .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBI. Granted, the competition may not have been the same, but the 41-year-old Ramirez proved that he can still hit. He was granted his release so that he could attempt one final MLB comeback, and more than a few teams may inquire about his services. Could the Yankees once again be one of them?
While New York is still just 3.5 games behind Boston, this still is a season that is entirely up in the air due to countless injuries. Derek Jeter could return shortly after the MLB All-Star break in the middle of July. So could Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeira could be back sooner than that. But the truth is, all of these players are question marks at this point of the season. Whenever they do make it back to the diamond, nobody knows what to expect.