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More Manny maneuverings

Posted on: February 3, 2009 10:13 am
Edited on: February 3, 2009 10:14 am
 

So the Dodgers, knowing that Manny Ramirez thought a two-year deal was too short, went and offered him a one-year deal. And then publicly admitted that they had made the offer and that it was turned down.

What's next, a three-month deal with a club option for July?

The Dodgers would tell you that their one-year offer, for a reported $25 million, would have made Ramirez the second highest-paid player in baseball in 2009, behind only Alex Rodriguez. They're basically telling their fans: "See, we're not cheap. If Manny leaves, it's because he's being unreasonable."

The better question is whether the events of the last two days bring the Ramirez-Dodgers standoff any closer to a resolution. It's hard to see how that's true.

Maybe the Dodgers simply believe that there's no other serious bidder for Ramirez, and that eventually he'll have no choice but to come back to them on a short-term deal (maybe back to the original two years). Or maybe they don't care that much about whether Ramirez stays or goes, as long as they don't seem to be the ones pushing him out the door.

In any case, with a little more than a week to go before spring training, the winter's biggest drama goes on.

Category: MLB
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I want Manny to be a Dodger as much as anyone, but even with Manny if the pitching doesn't come through, it won't matter if we have three Mannys.  I'm more concerned about the Dodger starting pitching than I am about Manny re-signing.  One of the constants in baseball is that championships are won with pitching and defense.  As great a hitter and leader as Manny is, he doesn't pitch and is just an average Joe with the glove. It looks like this team will be very good defensively and if we have Manny we should be very good offensively, but the pitching is the thing.  Is Billingham recovered physically and does he have the mental ability to be an ace?  Is Kershaw still over his head?  Is Kuroda more than a .500 pitcher? Does Randy Wolf have anything left?  Can anyone even fill the 5th spot in the rotation?  Right now I'm worried about a positive answer to any of these questions.  With that being said, PLEASE SIGN MANNY!!!!!!!!



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