WASHINGTON -- A day after outfielder Manny Ramirez turned down a one-year, $25 million offer from the Dodgers, reports began to resurface that the Nationals may pursue the right-handed-hitting slugger. But general manager Jim Bowden said Washington is not interested in Ramirez.
"We are not pursuing Manny Ramirez," Bowden said on Tuesday evening.
Ramirez had one of his best seasons in 2008, hitting a combined .332 with 37 home runs and 121 RBIs for the Red Sox and Dodgers, but he wouldn't be a good fit in Washington for two reasons. For one, the Nationals are overloaded with right-handed-hitting outfielders, plus he's 36 years old. The Nationals have often said that they are looking for players for the long term.
One player the Nationals do want is free-agent first baseman Adam Dunn. SI.com reported on Tuesday that Washington made a contract offer to the left-handed-hitting slugger, who has been sitting on the deal for a while. Bowden would neither confirm nor deny the report.
Without mentioning names, Bowden said during the Nationals Caravan recently that certain free agents needed to lower their price range.
"I can tell you, we continue to work hard [when it comes to signing players] and continue to give our recommendations to [team president] Stan Kasten and keep him abreast on how the market is," Bowden said during the Caravan.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.