The last post here related to the Oakland A’s and Cuban free agent Yoenis Cespedes.

Portrayed by many as a risky financial transaction, I surmised it was a good risk by GM Billy Beane.

Today, news comes that Beane has now signed 40 year old slugger Manny Ramirez.

This deal represents almost ZERO financial risk, as Ramirez was inked to a a mere $500K contract – miniscule by pro sport standards.

The risk this time is becoming a “laughingstock” as KNBR’s Ralph Barbieri suggested on air last week.

I doubt it.

If Ramirez never plays a regular season game, his stint in Green & Gold would be quickly forgotten.

If Ramirez hits 20 HRs after joining the team in May, the move is a huge success.

If Ramirez plays, contributes modestly and is hurt (or cut) before season’s end, no great loss.

Seems Beane again has properly weighed Risk and Reward.