Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez made an official decision Saturday not to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Ramirez wants to make sure he's completely recovered from last season's leg injury before the season starts.
Amid speculation that Manny Ramirez won't play in the World Baseball Classic, Red Sox owner John Henry confirmed that the slugger wouldn't be participating.
There are several signs pointing to Manny Ramirez not participating in the World Baseball Classic, although as of Wednesday, there was no official word.
Aramis Ramirez said Tuesday he has not decided whether he'll play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, and that his No. 1 concern is to be healthy for the Cubs and the regular season.
Ervin Santana has opted out of the World Baseball Classic. The young right-hander considered over the last few days whether or not to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the Classic, but said the timing wasn't right.
Right-hander Jose Acevedo has enough confidence in his ability that he accepted being taken off the Rockies' Major League roster this winter. That same confidence, combined with a love for his home country, could soon take Acevedo away from camp to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
In the mix for a starting job with Florida, Miguel Olivo also is weighing whether to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Angels righty Ervin Santana was named to the Dominican Republic's provisional roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But Santana has a decision to make: whether or not to accept the invitation.
A deep, powerful and relatively healthy lineup makes the Dominican Republic team one of the favorites to win the inaugural WBC title this March in San Diego. The Dominican lineup reads like a who's who of Major League superstars.
The Dominican Republic won't select its 30-man roster for next month's World Baseball Classic until determining the status of Pedro Martinez and Sammy Sosa, said the team's manager, Manny Acta, on Wednesday.