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.