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Dodgers, Manny continue talking

Posted on: March 3, 2009 11:06 pm
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Slugger Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers have long since reached the point where they either have a deal or they don't.

Forget "close." You can't get much closer than they did last week without actually finalizing a contract.

"No deal," Scott Boras, the agent for Ramirez, wrote in an e-mail to CBSSports.com on Tuesday night. "Talking with the Dodgers daily."

But in the strongest indication yet that Ramirez is ready to splash down and again make Mannywood of Hollywood, the slugger is flying to Los Angeles ready to make a deal. He is expected to be there by Wednesday, available to meet with the Dodgers in person.

"... I think we're close (to a deal)," Ramirez told columnist T.J. Simers in Tuesday morning's Los Angeles Times. "... Tell everyone that Mannywood is coming."

The two sides essentially reached the framework for a two-year, $45 million deal last week, only to see it fall apart over how much money would be deferred. Ramirez was to receive $25 million in the first year and $20 million in the second, with an opt-out clause.

The two sides were around $1.5 million apart last week when Dodgers owner Frank McCourt emotionally declared that the Dodgers were pulling their offer and that the negotiations would have to begin from scratch.

Instead, the two sides continued talking. And late Tuesday night, it was extraordinarily clear that there would be no "starting from scratch." The Dodgers -- and Manny -- had picked up where they left off.

 

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Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 3:33 pm
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

The second is if he has to play for a contract he will produce just at the moment he needs too.

 

You have learned this how?  Unless I'm mistaken, I do believe that the last contract Manny signed was in 2001.  He turned around and hit 41 home runs and drove in 125 AFTER signing that deal.

 

I don't consider myself a fan of Manny Ramirez in particular.  But I get a kick out of the opinions of those who obviously despise him.  He only plays when he wants a new contract?  He put up great numbers immediately after signing his huge deal in 2001.  He's a cancer to any team he plays on?  He somehow has over 100 career post-season appearances.

 

At best he's eccentric, at worst he's a complete jerk.  Either way he's one hell of a player who has improved many teams over the years.




Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:19 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

Now we need one more pitcher.... Pierre, Hu and Elbert for Peavy??
If we are able to do this deal ksu, we will have the best team in the NL, GUARANTEED.

Go Dodgers!  Now, get Peavy.




Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:18 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

You don't know s$#t about this guy.  If you took the time to listen to his team mates you would know that he is very dedicated to practice.  The batting cage is his best friend.  It has been widely reported that Manny has been dedicated to a stringent conditioning program this off season, I believe he knew that the negotiations with the Dodgers would take some time.  I know Manny is not perfect but, the possitives he brings to the table far out weight the negative part of his personnality.  Bottom line is Manny make the Dodgers a much better team and with him the Dodgers will win at least the National League West.

 Let's go Dodgers!

 




Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:02 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

WOW!  How egotistic are you to squabble over a few million dollars to play baseball?  Getting up in the morning to play the game you love has got to be hard.  I am a huge Dodgers fan and I want them to sign Manny, however, I would rather have respect for the athletes I love to watch.  Manny makes it difficult to watch.  With that being said, I hope he signs by Saturday, I'm going to their Spring Training game.   




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 10:37 am
 

Dodgers are a DISGRACE!


I would respect them more if they pulled everything off the table and let Manny go wherever.

LA is the ONLY team that is interested in Manny...lowball the scumbag or let him walk.

 

The Dodgers will regret this deal, once Manny gets his cash he will be Manny again.




Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:55 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

 

joedude... Manny will bat 3rd in the lineup just like he did in Boston. Remember Manny is the one who made a Minnesota Twin reject into " Big Papi". The way Ethier swung the bat in the playoffs from the 4 hole... I would see it more like this

Furcal, Hudson, Manny, Ethier, Kemp, Loney,Martin and Blake. You have 6 guys in that lineup that can conceiveably hit 20 HR or more and 2 guys  that if healthy will amass close to 80 doubles and 60 steals at the top of the lineup. HUGE

Now we need one more pitcher.... Pierre, Hu and Elbert for Peavy??




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:51 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking


This deal will happen before the weekend, and might even go off today.  Manny Ramirez is simply too good a player for the Dodgers to risk playing this game too long. 

I agree with the post that talked about Manny being such a "cancer" that he has managed to get over 375 post-season at-bats.  Aren't cancers supposed to erode the host?  Boston simply didn't have the same lineup without him last season, and what he did in L.A. was simply legendary.  Whether you love him or hate him, you gotta admit, Manny Ramirez is pretty darn good.  I think people like to bash on him because they are jealous of his position.  Jealous of his talent.  He surely is not the only player in history to develop an issue playing somewhere, or not give what someone considers their best efforts in the outfield.  Hell, as a Mets fan, I would love to see him patrolling left field.  Having Manny in their lineup the second half last season took the Dodgers to the brink in 2008- that cannot be disputed.

He will sign with the Dodgers, have a quiet spring, and then do what Manny does best all season long- hit the crapola out of the ball and drive in 100 runs. 




Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:32 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

Living near Boston we have learned a few things about Manny.  The first thing is he hates playing in the spring.  So expect him to sign just as the season is about to kick off. The second is if he has to play for a contract he will produce just at the moment he needs too.  If the Dodgers can get him to sign this contract don't expect great things from him until after the allstar break.  Then when the talk starts how he is getting old and not worth the $$$$ he will produce like a champion.  It's unbelievable that this guy rejected a 2 year 45 million dollar deal.  I never wish injury on a player, but it truly would be funny if Manny hurt himself before signing a contract. 




Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:28 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

No statement more true.  I hate players like this.  We all want to make more money for hard work and talent.  Manny unfortunatly makes it the only reason he is playing this GAME.  I hope he implodes this year so players like him in the future don't get away with the arrogance he lives by.




Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 8:42 am
 

Dodgers, Manny continue talking

Manny just needs to sign and get all the bs out of the way.No other team has a real interest in him other than the Dodgers.No team including the Dodgers is going to give him a deal for more than two years,and there is a good reason for that.He has done a good job of avoiding spring training.I guess that's just Manny being Manny.

 



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