Manny Ramirez has never been one to bite his tongue, and today was no exception. Ramirez told reporters that he expects this season with the L.A. Dodgers to be his last.
“I won’t be here next year, so I just want to enjoy myself,” said the 37-year-old Ramirez, speaking to reporters in the Dodgers clubhouse, according to ESPN.
Ramirez, who turns 38 in May, went on to say he doesn’t even know if he’ll play baseball for any team in 2011.
“I don’t know. I just know I’m not going to be here. When the season is over, I will see where I’m at.”
He added, “I’m just speculating, but I’m not 23 anymore.”
On paper, Ramirez logged a pretty good season last year, batting .290 with 19 home runs and 63 RBI’s. But he was suspended for 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy. In July, he resumed playing, and performed pretty well for a couple months. But he fell into a slump in September, and from that point to the end of the season he batted a disappointing .218.
Some commentators have also questioned whether the Dodgers — which are currently smarting from financial issues — can afford Ramirez, who will be paid $20 million this upcoming season. This season will be the second of a two-year, $45 million contract.