Ramirez left Cleveland as a free agent and signed with the Red Sox after the 2000 season. Thome left and signed with the Phillies two years later.
Both could be eligible for free agency this winter if Ramirez were to opt out of his two-year deal with the Dodgers, the paper pointed out."Manny was very sincere when he brought that up to me," Thome said. "Manny was saying how special that would be for us to both go back together. He was very passionate. Baseball's such a weird thing. You never know what's going to happen." "Me and Thome back in Cleveland?" Ramirez said. "That would be sweet. "I love L.A. I really do. But the way the city responded to me, it reminded me a lot of how it was in Cleveland."
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.