ORLANDO – Manny Ramirez isn’t finished with baseball yet.
At least that’s what his agent, Barry Praver, said Monday at the General Managers meetings, saying the 41-year-old wants to play somewhere in 2014.
“He’s interested in continuing his career, whether it be with a major-league organization or in Japan,” Praver said. “He’s serious. He’s got a tremendous love of the game. He loves playing.”
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Ramirez hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, when he appeared in five games with the Rays before being informed by MLB that he had violated the league’s drug policy for a second time. Rather than taking a 100-game suspension, Ramirez retired.
The league and the players’ union later agreed to reduce the suspension to 50 games, which he served in 2012 before trying an unsuccessful comeback with the A’s. Ramirez played in Taiwan from April through June last season, returning to the U.S. in July after signing a minor-league deal with the Rangers. He was released six weeks later.
PLENTY OF LOVE FOR HUGHES
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Phil Hughes’ struggles last season don’t seem to be affecting his free agency value.
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Despite his dreadful 2013 season, Phil Hughes is drawing interest from “several teams” in both the AL and NL, according to a source.
Although Hughes posted a 4-14 record and 5.19 ERA, the 27-year-old managed a 3.88 ERA in 13 road starts, allowing seven home runs over 67.1 innings away from Yankee Stadium. He posted a 6.32 ERA with 17 homers allowed in 78.1 innings in the Bronx.
Hughes’ 7.5 K/9 was also right in line with his 2010 and 2012 seasons, his two best as a starter.
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“He’s young and he’s healthy,” the source said.
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Things are going slowly but surely for Bobby Parnell in his recovery from neck surgery.
The Mets will honor veterans and members of the military with Military Mondays, which will include the Mets wearing camouflage uniforms for every Monday home game during the season. The Military Mondays will begin April 21 and continue July 7, July 28, Sept. 8 and Sept. 15.
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The Mets will honor a “Veteran of the Game” with a team autographed camouflage jersey, presented by a Mets player.
U.S. military personnel with active or retired military identification will receive complimentary tickets to Monday night games for themselves and up to three guests. They will also offer retail discounts and community outreach events in conjunction with the promotion.
PARNELL GETS SOME RELIEF
Mets closer Bobby Parnell is progressing from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, but is still weeks away from being cleared for baseball activities.
“His last report was good,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco said, “but he is not cleared for baseball activities yet.”
Parnell had 22 saves in 49 appearances in his first season as the Mets closer. He was shut down in late July and had surgery in September.
The surgery, the same that Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning had, is unusual in baseball and the Mets were concerned about his rehab. Parnell, however, is optimistic about being ready for spring training.